The local New Democratic Party riding association announced on Thursday night a pair of vetted nominees vying for the candidacy of the party to run in the fall federal election in the Guelph riding.

(L) Aisha Jahangir, (R) Andy McCann-Pappin

New Democrats will choose from longtime party activist Andy McCann-Pappin and community leader Aisha Jahangir at a June 22 nomination meeting starting at 2 p.m. in the Evergreen Centre.

McCann-Pappin was the campaign manager for Coun. James Gordon’s successful re-election bid last year and currently works at the Guelph Campus Co-op in student housing. He was born and raised in the Ward, a neighbourhood just east of downtown.

A press release from the NDP describes the nominee as a long-time local activist, leading the local chapter of the coalition against privatization when the hydro sell-off was announced. He served as president of the Guelph NDP riding association in 2017 and is involved in the local Green New Deal effort.

McCann-Pappin has a diploma from Fanshawe College, a degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Guelph and a graduate certificate in public service from Conestoga College.

Jahangir, a life-long resident of Guelph, has worked as a registered nurse for more than 20 years and is currently employed at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre. She ran in the 2018 municipal election for trustee in Ward 6.

The female nominee has advocated for nurses as a local coordinator in Guelph for more than a decade and served as bargaining unit president for two years while working at Homewood Health Centre.

“As a registered nurse, I understand that strong public systems of healthcare, education and social support are the tools that allow us to advance as a society that leaves no one behind,” Jahangir added in the NDP press release.

When asked why she is running for the nomination, Jahangir said “I have been inspired by the new generation of activists and leaders, people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jacinda Ardern”, a representative in the U.S. Congress and the prime minister of New Zealand, respectively.

“They understand that the impact of environmental degradation and climate change will be greatest on those with the fewest resources – but, ultimately, these forces threaten every person on the planet,” she added.

The winner of the nomination race will go up against incumbent Liberal MP Lloyd Longfield, Green candidate Steve Dyck, Mark Paralovos of the People’s Party and the recently announced Conservative candidate Dr. Ashish Sachan in the longtime Liberal Guelph riding.