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Carla Beck, MLA for Regina Lakeview, announces she will be running for the next leader of the Saskatchewan New Democrats at an event at Xtended Hydraulics & Machine in Emerald Park, Sask., on March 3.The Canadian Press

Carla Beck, the member of the legislative assembly for Regina Lakeview, has announced her bid for leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democrats.

If she wins the leadership, she would become the first woman to be elected to lead the Saskatchewan NDP.

Nicole Sarauer, member of the Legislative Assembly for Regina Douglas Park, served as interim leader for one year in 2017.

The party will elect its new leader in Regina in June.

Current Leader Ryan Meili announced his resignation last month to allow the party to rebrand as it works to shift away from critiquing the government on its COVID-19 response.

The province lifted all of its public-health orders Monday.

The race for the NDP leader is so far uncontested, with no one else from the party’s caucus or the public putting their name forward.

Ms. Beck, who has been in politics since 2016, said she’s the one to bring the Saskatchewan NDP back into power.

“Tommy Douglas didn’t just say ‘dream no little dreams.’ He, and New Democrat governments after him, made those big dreams a reality,” Ms. Beck said in a statement.

“We can do that again. We can give people hope again. When I am leader, we will show Saskatchewan people an inspiring alternative to this government that has lost its way.”

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