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Estefania Cortes-Vargas

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Estefania Cortes-Vargas

Estefania Cortes-Vargas 2015.jpg
Cortes-Vargas in 2015
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Strathcona-Sherwood Park
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded byDave Quest
Personal details
Born1990/1991 (age 27–28)
Political partyAlberta New Democratic Party
OccupationEducational assistant

Estefania Cortes-Vargas (born 1991) is a Colombian-born Canadian politician who was elected in the Alberta general election, 2015 to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the electoral district of Strathcona-Sherwood Park as a member of the Alberta New Democratic Party.[1] Upon election they became one of the first three out LGBT people elected to the Alberta legislature, alongside caucus colleagues Michael Connolly and Ricardo Miranda.[2]

Although Cortes-Vargas was represented in media coverage during the election campaign as female and lesbian,[2] in December 2015 they formally came out as non-binary in the legislature during debate on the inclusion of transgender rights in the provincial human rights code.[3] While the provincial Hansard normally reports members' speeches under the gender honorifics "Mr." or "Ms.", Cortes-Vargas is recorded as "Member Cortes-Vargas".[3]

Electoral history

2015 general election

Alberta general election, 2015: Strathcona-Sherwood Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Estefania Cortes-Vargas 9,376 42.61 +34.10
Progressive Conservative Dave Quest 6,623 30.10 -20.61
Wildrose Rob Johnson 5,286 24.02 -9.62
Alberta Party Lynne Kaiser 721 3.28
Total valid votes 22,006
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 110
Registered electors / Turnout 34,346 64.39 +4.51
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +27.36
Elections Alberta. "Electoral Division Results: Strathcona-Sherwood Park". Retrieved July 10, 2018.