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Former Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman Announces Alberta NDP Leadership Bid

The former deputy premier, health minister, and one-time chair of the Edmonton Public School Board, Sarah Hoffman, has entered the race to replace Rachel Notley as the Alberta NDP’s leader.

Sarah Hoffman held an official kick off announcement yesterday at Woodcroft Community League in Edmonton on Sunday.

Hoffman, the MLA for Edmonton-Glenora, served as Deputy Premier under Rachel Notley from 2016 into 2019, and was also the health minister from 2015 into 2019.

And recalls her hesitancy when Notley suggested Hoffman run for the Edmonton Public School Board, a race she ultimately won, leading to two terms as trustee between 2010 to 2015 and as chair from 2012.

“Women aren't like me, we're not supposed to go into politics. I'm fat, I'm sassy, and I have a really hard time pretending to be somebody I'm not,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman is the third to join the race alongside Edmonton-Whitemud MLA and lawyer Rakhi Pancholi, and Calgary-Mountain View MLA, lawyer and former justice minister Kathleen Ganley.

The NDP leadership race culminates with a vote ending on June 22.

Below: A still taken from Hoffman's announcement video posted to social media.