Edmonton election draws near-record number of candidates
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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
Terry Diane Demers
Candas Jane Dorsey
Bryan George Kapitza
A. Daniel Eniafe
Richard John Feehan
Dan “Can Man Dan” Johnstone
Dennis John Gane