Former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel will announce his candidacy for Alberta Party leader Wednesday.
The 72-year-old will be the second former Progressive Conservative to join the race, following Calgary-South East Independent MLA Rick Fraser, who announced his intentions Tuesday.
Mandel served as mayor from 2004 to 2013.
He later jumped to provincial politics.
Appointed as health minister by Jim Prentice in September 2014, despite not holding a seat at the time, Mandel won an October 2014 byelection under the PC banner.
Less than six months later, he lost his seat when the Tories were decimated in the 2015 provincial election.
Mandel will make his campaign announcement at the Boyle Street Community League in Edmonton.
Over the past week, Mandel has posted a series of tweets picturing upside-down images of Alberta — a cow, oil pumps, the Rockies, a grain elevator — alongside the date Jan. 10.
More to come.
Source:: Edmonton Journal – Politics