Karen McPherson

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Karen McPherson
Karen McPherson 2015.jpg
McPherson in May 2015
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill
In office
May 5, 2015 – March 19, 2019
Preceded byNeil Brown
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
Personal details
Born1966/1967 (age 54–55)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political partyAlberta Party (2017-present)
Other political
New Democratic (2015–2017)
ResidenceCalgary, Alberta
OccupationBusiness Analyst/Entrepreneur

Karen Margaret McPherson (born 1966) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the 2015 Alberta general election to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill with a plurality of votes under the first-past-the-post system.[1][2] On October 4, 2017, McPherson announced she was leaving the NDP to sit as an Independent.[3] Weeks later, she announced that she was joining the caucus of the Alberta Party, becoming its second MLA.[4]

In March 2019 she announced that she would not seek re-election. She was succeeded by United Conservative Josephine Pon; the Alberta Party candidate took less than 9% of the votes.

Electoral history[edit]

2015 general election[edit]

2015 Alberta general election: Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Karen McPherson 6,177 36.86% 30.94%
Wildrose Kathy Macdonald 4,914 29.32% -9.07%
Progressive Conservative Neil Brown 4,585 27.36% -19.11%
Liberal Prab Lashar 768 4.58% -3.19%
Green Sandy Kevin Aberdeen 316 1.89%
Total 16,760
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 91
Eligible electors / Turnout 34,487 48.86% -0.05%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing -0.27%
Source: "19 - Calgary-Mackay-Nose Hill Official Results 2015 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.