The province’s top public servant is adding her name to the list of candidates to replace Premier Brad Wall.
Alanna Koch, the deputy minister to the premier, is running for the leadership of the SaskParty.
She brings a wide range of business and farming background to the job.
Koch says she sees agriculture as a key part of the Saskatchewan economy.
“I’m just going to continue on the path Brad Wall has started,” Kock said in an interview with 620 CKRM News. “Really ensuring that agriculture can drive the economy. Doing all we can to ensure Saskatchewan has a competitive business climate. Ensuring that infrastructure is in place to we can get our products to market. Making sure that we are doing all we can in international markets to ensure we can move away trade barriers.”
Before becoming the deputy minister to the Premier last year, Koch was deputy minister of Agriculture since 2007.
Prior to that, she held various senior positions in the agriculture industry, including President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and Executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.
Koch would be the fourth person to enter the leadership race, joining Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Jeremy Harrison and Gord Wyant.
Parks Minister Ken Cheveldayoff is also expected to enter the race on Monday.
Earlier Monday, Premier Brad Wall announced Koch will take an unpaid leave of absence effective immediately.
Intergovernmental Affairs Deputy Minister Kent Campbell will act as interim Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary during Ms. Koch’s leave of absence.