Rod Loyola to become Alberta NDP Candidate for Edmonton-Ellerslie

18 JUNE 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EDMONTON COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AND UNION ACTIVIST BECOMES ALBERTA NDP CANDIDATE FOR EDMONTON-ELLERSLIE

Edmonton, Alberta

Rod Loyola, President of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA) at the University of Alberta and community organizer, will be running for the Alberta NDP in the electoral riding of Edmonton-Ellerslie in preparation for the next provincial election, a seat he previously ran for in the 2012 provincial election. He will receive the nomination as the NDP candidate by acclamation at the Edmonton-Ellerslie District Association meeting on June 18, 2014.

Loyola has been actively involved in many advocacy issues in recent years, from NASA’s campaign calling for the Progressive Conservative (PC) government to restore funding for post-secondary education in Alberta to the adamant calls for the PC government to abandon Bills 9 and 10, which affects the pension plans of public sector workers. Loyola plans to continue voicing Albertans’ concerns for a secure future, particularly for those most vulnerable. “Responsible management of the province’s resources is the key issue as we move forward into the next election. We need people of integrity to act on behalf of Albertans as we move forward towards a sustainable future for all,” says Loyola.

Rod Loyola aims to change the dynamics of politics: fair royalties, a progressive taxation system, a vibrant economy driven by creative entrepreneurs, and a diverse, skilled labour force will ensure job security, retirement security, a publicly funded health care system, and a properly funded education system. He is passionate about engaging communities in deciding Alberta’s direction and providing genuine spaces for true consultation with citizens.

“Rod is an amazing advocate for his community and the people who live in it. He understands where we have come from and where we need to go. I’m confident that he will work hard and would be a strong representative for us all.” Sarah Hoffman, Edmonton Public School Board Trustee, Ward G

To Rod, people come first. A just economy is achievable. The resources of this province belong to us all. It’s time for all Albertans to take control.

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Media contact:

Diana Keto
Communications Officer
Rod Loyola Campaign
Tel: 780-292-2048
Email: dianaketolambert@gmail.com

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