Erika Ritchie was nominated as the Saskatchewan New Democrat candidate for Saskatoon Nutana this evening. Ritchie was one of five Saskatchewan NDP candidates nominated tonight as members across the province voted virtually, in a historic first. Ritchie won a contested nomination with hundreds of members voting online or by phone.
“Saskatchewan people have really pulled together in such a difficult time,” said Ritchie. “It’s proof we care for each other, and rely on our communities to do well. We need a government that follows Saskatchewan people’s lead and puts them first as we work to rebuild our economy.”
Erika Ritchie is a community organizer, environmental engineer and long-time Saskatoon resident. As an environmental engineer, Erika has worked to prioritize environmental protection and sustainability in resource development. She has formed valuable relationships with Indigenous communities, and has made sure that resource development respects the rights of Indigenous peoples and land. Through her work, Erika has advanced the interests and rights of workers, and ensured the environment is treated responsibly and sustainably. She prides herself on standing up for workers and her community. As the mother of four grown children, Erika’s experience extends to raising a family, too.
“Erika has tremendous experience working for all Saskatchewan people,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “She is a leader and a hardworker — somebody who really gets what it means to put people first in their work. I would like to congratulate her on her nomination this evening.”
Ritchie, with the four other candidates nominated this evening, brings the Saskatchewan NDP to thirty-six nominated candidates for the 2020 provincial election.