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Edmonton election draws near-record number of candidates

The last time this many people ran in an Edmonton civic election, protesters were marching against the Vietnam war, Muhammad Ali, took on Joe Frazier in the fight of the century and Peter Lougheed became premier, ending the reign of the Social Credit party.

A total of 119 candidates came forward Monday to put their names on ballots for mayor, council or school trustee as the 2013 municipal election officially got underway.

Alayne Sinclair, the city’s clerk and returning officer for the vote, said when the election had drawn the second most candidates ever with only the race in 1971 topping it.

With three incumbent councillors running for mayor and three more retiring, Sinclair said she thinks people saw a chance to run successfully.

“There are a lot of vacancies and I think people understand they have an opportunity to get involved,” she said.

Michael Oshry, a Ward 5 candidate, said nomination day is just another step in the long trek toward Oct. 21. He said the interest in the race is good, but it won’t change his approach.

“I am really not concerned if there is one candidate or ten candidates running. I am going to be doing the same thing I have been doing since June,” he said.

Derrick Forsythe, running in Ward 6, another hotly-contested race, said he's glad there are so many people involved.

“Participation rates are really woefully low in this city and people need to get engaged and participate in this democracy,” said Forsythe. “We are really lucky in this country to be able to overthrow the government every three or four years.”

Two candidates were acclaimed in the election after no one came forward to challenge them. Sarah Hoffman the current chair of the Edmonton Public School board and Ward G trustee was unopposed, as was Cheryl Johner the public trustee for Ward A.

Complete candidate list

Mayor

Kristine Acielo

Kerry Diotte

Don Iveson

Karen Leibovici

Josh Semotiuk

Gordon Ward

Ward 1

Sean Amato

Andrew Knack

Sharon Maclise

Rob Pasay

Jamie Post

Bryan Sandilands

Ward 2

Ali Mustafa

Bev Esslinger

Ted Grand

Nita Jalkanen

Don Koziak

Jason Millar

Shelley Tupper

Ward 3

Rob Bernshaw

David Dodge

Hakin Isse

Ward  4

Ed Gibbons

Sam Hachem

Ward 5

Rudy Arcilla

Terry Diane Demers

Jim Gibbon

Mark Grandish

Rob Hennigar

Brian Kendrick

Michael Oshry

Allan Santos

Alla Ternikova

Ward 6

Taz Bouchier

Kyle Brown

Candas Jane Dorsey

Derrick Forsythe

Carla Frost

Andrzej Gudanowski

Melinda Hollis

Bryan George Kapitza

Heather Mackenzie

Scott McKeen

Erin Northey

Terry Parada

Adil Pirbhai

Javed Sommers

Alfie White

Dexx Williams

Ward 7

Tony Caterina

Dave Colburn

A. Daniel Eniafe

Tish Prouse

Terry Rolls

Mimi Williams

Ward 8

Brian Deacon

Ben Henderson

Nicholas Reading

Kris Szczepanski

Heather Workman

Ward 9

Bryan Anderson

Andrew Gorman

Ward 10

Ray Bessel

Hafis Devji

Richard John Feehan

Dan “Can Man Dan” Johnstone

Michael Walters

Ward 11

Rob Aromin

Sonia Bitar

Mujahid Chak

Dennis John Gane

Roberto Maglalang

Mike Nickel

Harvey Panesar

Brent Schaffrick

Ward 12

Raja Abbas

Chinwe Okelu

Amarjeet Sohi

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