The mayoral debate held at the University of Calgary Monday night had one more candidate taking part after Jon Lord rushed back from a Kansas City barbecue competition for the event.

Lord, a former alderman and MLA, had initially said he could not be at the debate because he was attending the 34th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue.

He also said he didn't find events with such a large field of candidates useful anyway.

Lord tweeted earlier Monday he was heading back but had to connect to three different flights before arriving at the Calgary airport at 6 p.m. MT.

The candidate was able to make the debate, which began at 7 p.m. at the University of Calgary's MacEwan Hall.

Eight out of nine mayor candidates were at the event, including incumbent Naheed Nenshi. The only candidate who did not attend was Sandra Hunter.

The debate was moderated by Calgary Eyeopener host David Gray.

Lord placed 445th out of 535 competitors at the barbecue competition that wrapped up on Sunday.