Ralph Jespersen

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Ralph Andrew Jespersen
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
May 23, 1967 – August 30, 1971
Preceded by Cornelia Wood
Succeeded by William Purdy
Constituency Stony Plain
Personal details
Born (1925-05-09)May 9, 1925
Stony Plain, Alberta
Died October 17, 2016(2016-10-17) (aged 91)
Alberta, Canada
Political party Social Credit
Spouse(s) Bernice Jespersen
Occupation Dairyman

Ralph Andrew Jespersen (May 9, 1925 – October 17, 2016) was a dairyman and a provincial level politician from Alberta, Canada.[1] He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1967 to 1971 sitting with the governing Social Credit caucus.[2]

Political career[edit]

Jespersen ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature in the 1967 Alberta general election. He was nominated as the Social Credit candidate in the Stony Plain electoral district on February 13, 1967. In the nomination race he defeated longtime incumbent Cornelia Wood.[3]

He would face Wood again in the general election as well as two other candidates. Jespersen would take just 36% of the popular vote to win the tight four way race along with defeating Wood for the second time who finished a distant fourth place running as an Independent Social Credit candidate.[4]

Jespersen ran for a second term in the 1971 Alberta general election but finished second being defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate William Purdy despite gaining a modest increase in vote percentage.[5] Jespersen died on October 17, 2016 at the age of 91.[6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Ralph Jespersen". Dignity Memorial. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Socred MLA Turned Aside". Vol. LX No. 53. The Lethbridge Daily Herald. February 13, 1967. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Stony Plain Official Results 1967 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stony Plain Official Results 1971 Alberta general election". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/edmontonjournal/obituary.aspx?n=ralph-jespersen&pid=182058779&fhid=11381

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