Walter Szwender

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Walter Richard Szwender
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded by William Mack
Succeeded by Tom Sigurdson
Constituency Edmonton-Belmont
Personal details
Born (1950-10-20) October 20, 1950 (age 66)
Edmonton, Alberta
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation Teacher

Walter Richard Szwender is a former provincial level politician and teacher from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1982 until 1986.[1]

Political career[edit]

Szwender ran for a seat to the Alberta Legislature and was elected to the electoral district of Edmonton-Belmont in the 1982 Alberta general election. He held the seat for the governing Progressive Conservative caucus.[2]

He ran for a second term in office in the 1986 Alberta general election but was defeated in a closely contested race by New Democrat candidate Tom Sigurdson. Szwender finished second out of six candidates.[3]

Szwender would face off against Sigurdson three years later in the 1989 election in an attempt to retake Edmonton-Belmont and he was once again defeated, this time by a larger margin.[4]

He would attempt another come back to the Alberta Legislature by running in the 2004 provincial election in Edmonton Decore as a last minute replacement after it was revealed that the nominated candidate Ray Hajar was a convicted criminal, and had years of unpaid alimony. Swzender ran against incumbent MLA Gary Masyk. Both Masyk and Swender were defeated by Liberal candidate Bill Bonko.[5]

Szwender is a high school teacher.


  1. ^ Normandin, P.G. (1985). Guide Parlementaire Canadien. Gale Canada. ISSN 0315-6168. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Edmonton-Belmont results 1982". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Edmonton-Belmont results 1986". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Edmonton-Belmont results 1989". Alberta Heritage Community Foundation. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Electoral Division of Edmonton-Decore General Election Statement of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. November 22, 2004. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 

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