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Calgary municipal election 2017: 364 days and counting

Over 20 fresh faces have signed up to run for Calgary city council spots next year

It's less than a year away, but what does the Calgary Municipal election look like so far?

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It's less than a year away, but what does the Calgary Municipal election look like so far?

So far, there are 20 new faces, apart from incumbent councillors, registered to run in 2017.

The election candidate registry simply gives people on the master list the right to raise funds for their campaign – at this point, anything could happen.

This year, in part because of the efforts of Ask Her YYC, there are seven women on the list (including incumbents Diane Colley-Urquhart and Druh Farrell). Ask Her YYC is a grassroots group that formed with the mandate to increase the number of women and offers support for their political journeys.

As for the rest of the registry, there are names of people we’ve already come to know from their early campaign starts: Greg Miller and Jeromy Farkas have been running for months now.

Of course, Calgary’s Mayor won’t say if he’s running or not – at least not until the one-year mark – what’s the hold up Naheed Nenshi?

Omar M’Keyo:

This is M’Keyo’s first run in politics. In the past he’s helped with campaigns, but never stepped into the forefront.

M’Keyo isn’t a born and raised Calgarian. He hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and lived in British Columbia before settling in southeast Calgary.

“I feel like things are not changing,” said M’Keyo, who is running in Ward 10. “I’m running to try to push forward the agenda that will bring the results that people really want.”

Omar M'Keyo.


Omar M'Keyo.

Alexandre Blackburn:

Here’s a young face running in Ward 10. He’s 22 years old, and he’s still attending the University of Calgary.

Why run for council? Blackburn said he wants to see young people represented in council chambers.

“Calgary has become a young city and the faces in council don’t represent that,” said Blackburn. “My generation are the ones who will have to live with the decisions taken in government, why not have someone who can represent the interests of young Calgarians.”

Alexandre Blackburn


Alexandre Blackburn

Keith Simmons:

This is another Calgarian whose coming into politics through the community association ladder.

Simmons has been president of the Acadia Community Association for two terms, but he’s hoping to bring change directly to city hall.  He’s running for Ward 11.

“I’m finding out more and more that we as Calgarians are really not in touch with what’s going on at city hall – there’s a sizeable gap between what we want, and what’s getting decided for us,” said Simmons.

Keith Simmons.

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Keith Simmons.

Tory Tomblin:  

From a union background, to running for council, Tory Tomblin is one of more than six women, so far, looking to score a seat in municipal politics. She’s also a paramedic.

“Trying to take care of people who can’t speak for themselves is something I really enjoy doing,” Tomblin said.

One of her reasons for running is because she feels women are underrepresented in Calgary’s decision making.

Tory Tomblin.

Courtesy/ Tory Tomblin

Tory Tomblin.

A full list of registered candidates:

Aledandre Blackburn, Gian-Carlo Carra, Andre Chabot, Sean Chu, Diane Coley-Urquart, Peter Demong, Rick Dhaliwal, Jeromy Farkas, Druh Farrell, Faith Greaves, Larry Heather, Shawn Hiron, Hidré Paul Jassal, Ray Jones, Jordan Katz, Shane Keating, Bud Klasky, Jun Lin, Rick Lundy, Joe Magliocca, Greg Miller, Omar M’keyo, Issa Mosa, Talib Muhammed, Grace Nelson, Amelia Marie Newbert, Brian Pincott, Richard Pootmans, Michelle Robinson, Keith Simmons, James Stevenson, Ward Sutherland, Kevin Taylor, Tory Tomblin, David Winkler, Evan Woolley.

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