Coun. Iveson confirms entry into Edmonton's mayor race
The race for the city's top job became clearer Tuesday as Coun. Don Iveson confirmed his candidacy at a news conference.
"With pride and honour I announce my candidacy for mayor," he told reporters.
The city needs fresh ideas and strong and ambitious leadership, he said.
"My first priority is a city that works," he said, referring to the city's potholes problem and snow clearing policies.
He also said the city must improve housing options and transportation services.
Iveson also said part of his long-term vision includes making Edmonton a city people don’t want to move away from.
"I want to lead this city as your mayor because I want my children and your children and our grandchildren to choose Edmonton," he said. "And with the right leadership in the coming years, it will be an easy choice."
Iveson, 34, is the fourth person to put his name forward for the mayor's office.
Iveson joins fellow councillors Karen Leibovici and Kerry Diotte as well as community volunteer Curtis Penner in the mayoral race
Krushell urges Edmontonians to consider council seats
Amidst the anticipation of the mayoral race, councillor Kim Krushell, whose retirement means her seat will be up for grabs in October, said Edmontonians should also pay attention to their own neighbourhood's council representation.
"I think the focus is often on the mayoral race when, in fact, in this situation we're looking at a lot of changeover on council — including my seat," she said.
"And I think it's important for citizens not just to focus on the mayoral race in this election, but also check out your wards and really look at the new candidates that are stepping up."
Krushell said there are a number of exciting and energetic people seeking a spot at city council.
The municipal election will be held October 21.