The Saskatchewan New Democratic Party has chosen its candidate to run in the Saskatoon-Meewasin by-election that will fill the void left by the party’s former leader.
Nathaniel Teed, a lifelong Saskatoon resident and small business owner, won the official opposition party nomination on Wednesday night.
“I’m honored to have received the support of our members and excited to get started,” Teed said in a press release.
“I believe in the potential of this province — I’ve seen it with my own eyes. We have so many opportunities here in Saskatchewan that we simply need a government that recognizes the need to build our communities and revitalize our economy.
Former party leader Ryan Meili announced he was stepping down as leader in February, sparking a leadership race in June. Then he announced he was leaving politics altogether in May, opening his seat to Saskatoon-Meewasin for a by-election due by the end of 2022.
We are proud to announce our candidate for the Saskatoon Meewasin by-election.
Congratulation to @nathaniel_teed , our Saskatchewan. NDP candidate and next MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin!
Teed is a former educational assistant and owns a furniture and design store in downtown Saskatoon with his partner, James. He is also Membership Coordinator at the Remai Modern Art Museum in Saskatoon.
As a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Teed says he hopes to bring that representation to the legislature and is also a strong advocate for education concerns such as increased funding and reduced class sizes. , said the NDP.
“It’s clear he’s energized people here in the riding and has new ideas and policies to help build a Saskatchewan that works for this generation and the next,” said NDP Leader Carla Beck. , in the press release.
As of Monday morning, the Saskatchewan Party had not announced a candidate for the Saskatoon-Meewasin by-election.