Don Iveson spoke with most of his new city council as well as outgoing mayor Stephen Mandel on Tuesday, one day after he won the race to be Edmonton’s next mayor.
Iveson, 34, prevailed over his two closest competitors and former council colleagues Karen Leibovici and Kerry Diotte by capturing 62 per cent of the vote.
The mayor-elect told a news conference at city hall that he plans to set up a meeting with the new council, which includes six new members and six incumbents.
“We’ll be working to bring the group together as soon as possible to discuss — well, get to know each other a little bit — but also discuss the work that lies ahead,” Iveson said.
He added that he will start his move into the mayor's office today. Items on council's agenda include downtown revitalization, airport redevelopment, LRT expansion and next year's roads and sewers plan..
First elected to city council in 2007, Iveson takes over from Mandel, who is stepping down after nine years in the mayor’s chair.
Iveson met with Mandel at his office in city hall. After the two men embraced and shook hands, Mandel hailed his successor as a progressive, creative individual who will move the city forward.
“It’s an exciting time for the city of Edmonton,” Mandel said. “Edmontonians should be very excited a very dynamic, creative, individual is going to lead our city over the next four years.”
Iveson said he spent a good part of his morning fielding calls from the national media, noting that the results of the Edmonton election have caught the country’s attention.