Craig Coolahan

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Craig Coolahan
Craig Coolahan 2015.jpg
Coolahan in 2015
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Klein
In office
May 5, 2015 – April 16, 2019
Preceded byKyle Fawcett
Succeeded byJeremy Nixon
Personal details
Born (1970-11-16) November 16, 1970 (age 48)
Toronto, Ontario
Political partyAlberta New Democratic Party
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
OccupationUnion Representative

Craig Thomas Coolahan (born November 16, 1970) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the Alberta general election, 2015 to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-Klein.[1]

Coolahan was born in Toronto to parents Thomas and Suzanne and grew up in the suburb of Scarborough. He has one brother, Christopher, and they both attended Hunter's Glen Public School, Charles Gordon Junior High, and David and Mary Thomson High School.

After high school he worked at an insurance company in Toronto for a few years and returned to school in 1993. He attended Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan) and achieved an Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UBC in conjunction with OUC. In 2001 he completed a Bachelor of Journalism Degree from University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops (now Thompson Rivers University).

Coolahan spent several years as a writer and editor in many capacities, including 10 years as a technical writer. He also wrote for newspapers, magazines and co-wrote two vocational how-to books.

In 2012, Coolahan left writing and editing and became a Business Agent for the United Utilities Workers' Association.

After moving to Calgary in 2003, he became politically active on issues such as health care, education and housing.

He ran for the Alberta NDP in the 2012 provincial general election in the riding of Calgary-Elbow, losing to the would-be Premier Alison Redford.

He ran again in 2015, winning the seat for Calgary-Klein, when the provincial NDP swept to a majority.

Coolahan married Sarah Somasundaram in 2010 and they have two children: Mehna Grace (b.2011) and Kieran Shanta Thomas (b.2014). They live in Calgary in the neighbourhood of Capitol Hill.

Electoral record[edit]

Alberta general election, 2019: Calgary-Klein
The 2019 general election will be held on April 16.
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
  Independence CW Alexander
New Democratic Craig Coolahan
Alberta Party Kara Levis
Liberal Michael J. Macdonald
United Conservative Jeremy Nixon
Green Janine St. Jean
Total valid votes
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Registered electors
Alberta general election, 2015: Calgary-Klein
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic Craig Coolahan 8,098 44.3
Progressive Conservative Kyle Fawcett 4,878 26.7
Wildrose Jeremy Nixon 4,206 23.0
Liberal David Gamble 1,104 6.0
Total valid votes 18,286 100.0
Rejected, spoiled and declined 260
Turnout 18,546 53.4
Eligible voters 34,702
Source: Elections Alberta[2]


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  2. ^ "2015 Provincial General Election Results". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-30.