Janice Sarich

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Janice Sarich
MLA for Edmonton-Decore
Assumed office
Preceded by Bill Bonko
Personal details
Born (1958-04-26) April 26, 1958 (age 56)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Steve
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta
Occupation business consultant

Janice Sarich (born April 26, 1958 in Edmonton) is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Decore as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Janice Sarich was born April 26, 1958 in Edmonton. She obtained a bachelor's degree in physical education and master's of education degree from the University of Alberta. She holds project management and project leadership certificates from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Prior to entering public life, Sarich managed her own business consulting company for 25 years.

Her past community involvement includes being an advisory committee member to the Junior League of Edmonton and Catholic Social Services. Sarich served on Public Interest Alberta's Democracy Task Force, which examined potential areas of democratic reform in Alberta.

Political career[edit]

Sarich's first foray into electoral politics was in 2001, when she ran for a seat on the Edmonton Catholic School District's board of trustees.[1] She defeated Ward 2 incumbent trustee Ronald Zapisocki by 602 votes to win the seat. During her first term, Sarich earned a reputation as a tight fiscal conservative, at times calling on the board to have its budget audited after reporting a deficit.[2][3] In her bid for reelection in 2004, Sarich polled the most votes out of all 14 candidates in the Catholic district race and outpolled her Ward 2 opponent Jim Urlacher by a margin of almost 2 to 1. She did not seek reelection in 2007, allowing her to run for a seat in the Alberta Legislature.

In the 2008 provincial election, Sarich received 46% of the vote and defeated Liberal incumbent Bill Bonko by 723 votes to win the constituency of Edmonton-Decore. Following the election, Sarich was appointed by Premier Ed Stelmach to the position of Parliamentary Assistant to the Education Minister, Dave Hancock.

Personal life[edit]

Sarich lives in Edmonton with her husband Steve and two children.[1]

Election results[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Janice Sarich 5,724 42.53% % *
     Wildrose Chris Bataluk 2,909 21.61% % *
     NDP Ali Haymour 2,669 19.83% % *
     Liberal Ed Ammar 2,157 16.03% % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Swing %
2008 Alberta general election results ( Edmonton-Decore ) Turnout 35.1%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Janice Sarich 4,602 46%
     Liberal Bill Bonko 3,879 39%
Greens Trey Capnerhurst 243 2%
     NDP Sid Sadik 1,295 13%
Total 10,019 100%