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Danisha Bhaloo first to contest Amarjeet Sohi's vacant Edmonton council seat

Bhaloo currently works with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton, while also holding a number of volunteer board positions including the Edmonton Opera and sitting on the University of Alberta’s senate.

Danisha Bhaloo plans to run for the vacant Ward 12 candidate seat.

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Danisha Bhaloo plans to run for the vacant Ward 12 candidate seat.

With Amarjeet Sohi officially elected as an MP, the race to replace him on city council has its first contender.

Danisha Bhaloo announced on social media Tuesday that she would be seeking the Ward 12 seat that Sohi is vacating.

She said she feels a need to serve the community.

“The city has done a lot for me and my family and I would like to give back,” she said.

Bhaloo currently works with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton, while also holding a number of volunteer board positions including the Edmonton Opera and sitting on the University of Alberta’s senate.

She said especially during these economic times, families are facing difficulties and she hopes to be a voice for them.

“I would like to be that person who can be the voice for either people who are struggling or need help,” she said.

If elected, Bhaloo would be the second woman on the current council. She said council has to be more representative of the city it serves.

“It’s not because women are better, but because we want equal representation.”

The city is currently hoping to postpone election day until Feb. 22 next year, to avoid an election over the holidays. The provincial government has to sign off on that request.

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