Amarjeet Sohi opts out for mayor. Scott McKeen rumoured in Ward 6.
Amarjeet Sohi announced this week that he will not jump into Edmonton’s open mayoral race. The two-term councillor, who had been pondering a run for mayor, will instead run for re-election in his south side Ward 12, where he was re-elected with 64% of the vote in 2010.
Karen Leibovici, councillor for southwest Edmonton’s Ward 5, is soon expected to announce her entry into the mayoral contest. On June 15, she will mark two decades since she was first elected to public office, then as Liberal MLA for Edmonton-Meadowlark. She was first elected to City Council in October 2001 after her defeat in the March 2001 provincial election.
Councillor Don Iveson is also widely expected to enter the race for Mayor of Edmonton. A Draft Don Iveson for Mayor page on Facebook has popped up and attracted more than 300 supporters.
Former Edmonton Journal columnist Scott McKeen is rumoured to be preparing a run in Council’s Ward 6. With incumbent Councillor Jane Batty rumoured to be retiring, Mr. McKeen would join already declared candidates Heather Mackenzie and Kassie Russell in this central Edmonton race. This would be his second attempt at office, having unsuccessfully challenged Ward 7 Councillor Tony Caterina in 2010.
With Councillor Kerry Diotte running for Mayor, there are plenty of rumours circulating about who could run in the now vacant Ward 11. Harvey Penasar, owner of the Aggression Fighting Championship – a mixed marshal arts league – is said to be preparing a run in that ward.
In Ward 10, Zack Siezmagraff launched his campaign this morning. This is Mr. Siezmagraff’s second attempt at elected office, having run as the federal Liberal Party candidate 2011 election candidate in the sprawling rural riding of Yellowhead. Mr. Seizmagraff will face-off against community organizer Michael Walters and University instructor Richard Feehan.
University of Alberta Ph.D. student Karen Pheasant is joining the race in Edmonton Public School Board’s Ward C. With incumbent trustee Christopher Spencer not seeking re-election, there are numerous candidates in the running. Already declared are Tina Jardine and Susan Ketteringham.
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On Friday morning Barb and I were having our breakfast bagels, arguing over whether Jennifer Dolynchuk was wearing a padded bra or not. Barb turns to me and says wouldn’t it be lovely if that nice young Michael J Fox would run for Mayor. How can I stop rolling my eyes at this woman. I says to Barb, you’ve gotta either know Daryl or Dave McCalla to run for Mayor, Michael just doesn’t have the connections. Ay Ay ay. I’m off to the Refinery party – I’ll be the only 80 year old there tonight, but I love to party.
Its going to be a very interesting one
I may get very interesting!
For me it’s “Anybody But Diotte” for mayor. He’s done nothing on city council but whine and not offer any solutions. He takes great pains to waffle and point fingers. He reminds me of the Bob Rumson (Richard Dreyfuss)character in the movie, The American President. We need serious people to run in this election and Kerry’s 15 minutes are up.
I am not “undecided”.
[…] As first reported on this blog, former Edmonton Journal columnist Scott McKeen is seeking election in the downtown Ward 6. Mr. McKeen announced his candidacy to a crowd of supporters at the Westmount Community League hall this afternoon. Also recently announced their candidacies in Ward 6 are Kyle Brown and past-candidate Bryan Kapitza. […]