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Claudia Chender considers running for Nova Scotia NDP leader

Dartmouth South MP Claudia Chender has said she is considering running for the Nova Scotia NDP leadership.

Chender made the announcement in a statement on New Years Day, saying she “is seriously considering” running for the job, although she has yet to make a final decision.

This is the first expression of interest in the leadership since Gary Burrill announced in November he was stepping down, after leading the NDP in two elections.

Chender said the pandemic “gave us the opportunity to think about a different way of doing things.”

“We expect our government to look after everyone equally, but we have found that many of our systems are not up to the task,” the statement said.

“In conversations with people from across the province, I hear that our deteriorating health care system, the environmental crisis, and issues of equity and affordability are a priority.”

First elected in 2017

Chender said that before officially throwing her hat in the ring, she wanted to better understand how being a leader would impact her young and busy family. Chender has three school-aged children.

She also said she needed to know more about the race – what rules will be in place, how long the campaign will last and how members will be able to express their voting preferences.

Chender added that those details are expected to be decided by the end of this month, when the party’s provincial council is asked to ratify the leadership contest rules.

Chender was first elected to the Legislature in 2017. She is a lawyer with experience in business, non-profit organizations and publishing.