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April 30, 2022

ST. ALBERT – Cattle farmer and four-term councillor for Sturgeon County Karen Shaw will be the NDP candidate for Morinville-St Albert in the next Alberta provincial election.

“I am humbled, honoured, and excited to help build a better Alberta with the NDP. This community is Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, and I know the importance of this area not only to Alberta but to all of Canada. I believe that Rachel Notley and Alberta’s NDP will put Alberta on the world stage for all the right reasons, and I want to make sure that Morinville-St Albert has strong representation on that stage,” said Shaw.  

Before raising commercial Simmental X Angus cattle at Shaw Farms, Shaw owned and operated independent retail gift stores in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and various mall locations in Edmonton.

Shaw was also a four-term councillor for Sturgeon County, sitting on boards including the Capital Region Board, CRB Transit, Capital Region WasteWater Commission, Economic Advisory Board and many others.  

“Albertans need much better representation at the provincial level. I have fought for people in Sturgeon County and I am ready to be the voice for all the people in this riding and Alberta,” said Shaw. “I know that this community can thrive under a government led by Rachel Notley and Alberta’s NDP, and I am proud to become part of that team.”

Shaw and her spouse Stuart operate Shaw Farms in the Redwater area, a 115-year-old operation where their family raised three children who are now grown, and have 10 grandchildren. The farm has cows, horses, working dogs, cats and two pot-bellied pigs. 

“My guilty pleasure on the farm is taking a horse to check on the cows in the pasture. In fact, a typical date day for my husband and I is if we are both working in the same field at any given time, so we can wave to each other as our tractors pass. I value hard work, and I’m not afraid of doing what it takes to get the job done. That goes for representing my community as well,” said Shaw. 

Outside of her time as a councillor and on the farm, Shaw volunteered her time with multiple kid activities including hockey, baseball, and scouts, along with being a long-time 4-H leader with Bon Accord Beef Club. 

“This area is special with many homesteads over 100 years-old and generations of farming families full of strong, resilient people,” said Shaw. “They deserve a strong voice in the legislature. They deserve a government that has their backs, like Alberta’s NDP. I can’t wait to get to work for them.”

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Four-term Councillor Karen Shaw seeks Alberta NDP nomination in
Morinville-St. Albert for next provincial election

Sturgeon County, AB—Four-term Sturgeon County councillor Karen Shaw announced today that she is seeking the Alberta NDP Nomination in Morinville-St. Albert.

“As a municipal leader for the past 14 years, I’ve worked to make positive changes to strengthen the community and economy, especially when it came to the Heartland and regional partners.” said Shaw. “It’s clear to me that Rachel Notley is the leader we need, and she has the best vision for Alberta.

“Jason Kenney has failed our health care workers. Rachel has a strong track record of protecting health care, she is a good leader and an NDP government will work for a truly diversified economy with good paying jobs for our community for years to come.”

Karen was first elected to Sturgeon County Council in 2007. She is also an agriculture producer and active volunteer focused on improving the lives of residents and business owners.

“I’m seeking the nomination for Morinville-St. Albert to be a voice for the region. Kenney’s budgets, and his botched pandemic response has cost many Albertans their lives and livelihoods – we need much better representation at the provincial level.”

Karen and her husband Stuart, raise commercial Simmental X Angus cattle in the Redwater area.

The constituency of Morinville-St. Albert includes Morinville, Bon Accord, Legal, Gibbons, Redwater and the north part of St. Albert, as well as surrounding areas of Sturgeon County.

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