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Nova Scotia Liberal Angela Simmonds resigns less than two years after being elected

HALIFAX – Liberal Angela Simmonds says she is resigning her seat in the Nova Scotia legislature effective April 1.

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HALIFAX – Liberal Angela Simmonds says she is resigning her seat in the Nova Scotia legislature effective April 1.

Simmonds, who was first elected to represent Preston in the August 2021 general election, was the first Black woman to be named deputy Speaker in Nova Scotia.

In a statement released by the party today, Simmonds says she needed to step down to “stretch out the legacy of changemakers” and lift up new voices.

Angela Simmonds poses for a portrait in an undated handout photo at the Weldon Law Building on Dalhousie University’s campus in Halifax. Liberal MLA Angela Simmonds says she is resigning April 1.Simmonds, who was elected to represent Preston in 2021, was the first Black woman to be named deputy Speaker in Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Angela Simmonds *MANDATORY CREDIT*

She says she will spend the next few months with her family and community while working out what comes next, and she will continue to support initiatives tied to anti-racism, equity and diversity.

Simmonds ran for the leadership of the Opposition Liberals last year and in July was defeated by Zach Churchill.

Churchill said in a statement that he has immense respect for Simmonds and that she has been a valued member of the Liberal caucus.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2023.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Source: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/uncategorized/2023/01/25/nova-scotia-liberal-angela-simmonds-resigns-less-than-two-years-after-being-elected

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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