Longtime public school board trustee Peggy Sattler has won the NDP nomination for London West.
Speaking from her office at London education think tank Academica Group Thursday (May 23), the four-term Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) trustee said she is ready to hit the ground running.
“We’re scouting for a campaign office right now,” Sattler said, “and I start campaigning today.”
Prior to becoming an elected official herself, Sattler spent several years working for two MPs on Parliament Hill in the late 1980s and a provincial cabinet minister in the early 1990s.
She said that familiarized her with policy and legislation development and constituency work.
“I’ll be able to fill the roll of MPP from day one.”
She said she would be campaigning on accountability, jobs, health care and her longtime passion, public education.
“The issues in London West are the same as they are in Ontario, but they’re magnified because of Chris Bentley’s connection to the gas plant scandal.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne hasn’t called a by-election in London West or Windsor-Tecumseh but has said she wanted to get them out of the way once the budget is passed. She has until August 15 to announce the by-elections.
The Liberals have not nominated a replacement for Bentley, who held the seat from 2003 to Feb. 14 of this year. The Progressive Conservatives have named Ali Chahbar their nominee in London West.
Sattler said the NDP has a strong track record of winning by-elections, noting the unexpected victory by Caroline Fife in Kitchener-Waterloo last year.
“I’m confident I’ll win the by-election for the NDP,” she said. “I think voters are unhappy with Liberal mismanagement and a by-election gives an opportunity to the electorate to say they don’t like the direction the government is going.”
The London West NDP riding association held their nomination vote Wednesday (May 22). Sattler beat out three other challengers, Ontario NDP executive member and professional musician Jennifer White, social worker and 2011 candidate Jeff Buchanan and Canada Border Services Agent Mohamed Salih.