Edmonton Votes 2017: Voters in southeast Ward 12 look to build trust with council
Five candidates are vying for the councillor position for Ward 12
Ward 12 is a diverse ward that includes part of Mill Woods, plus new developments such as Summerside and The Orchards. The Mill Woods area has a strong and historic south Asian population and about 10 per cent of residents in Ward 12 are Punjabi speakers.
The incumbent, Coun. Moe Banga, won the seat in a byelection in 2016, after former councillor Amarjeet Sohi left city council to pursue federal politics.
Uber an issue in 2016 byelection
The byelection showed the regulation of Uber in Edmonton is a major issue for residents of the ward.
"I would say that, even though it may not be a ballot issue, there is a deep sense of distrust in particular communities around that," she added. "I think it's disheartened the community completely."
Kaur said the winning candidate will have to talk about how they will support workers in Edmonton, and build authentic relationships to re-establish trust between council and the citizens of Ward 12.
2016 municipal census statistics
- Population: 92,332
- Eligible voters: 55,112
- Owns home: 61.9%
- Rents home: 14.8%
- Lived in home five years or more: 29%
- Mainly drives to work: 79%
- Takes transit to work: 9.8%
- Main language other than English: Punjabi (10.2%)
- Income under $30,000: 3.2%
- Income $60,000 to $100,000: 15.6%
- Children in preschool: 5.2%
- Children from kindergarten to Grade 6: 5.9%
Interesting statistic: Ward 12 has the highest percentage of people in the city who are Punjabi speakers (10.2%).
Neighbourhoods: Larkspur, Maple, Tamarack, Wild Rose, Silver Berry, Minchau, Weinlos, Bisset, Pollard Meadows, Daly Grove, Laurel, Aster, Crawford Plains, Charlesworth, Ellerslie, Walker, Summerside, The Orchards at Ellerslie
Five candidates: Moe Banga (incumbent), Nigel Logan, Mike Russnak, Jo-Anne Wright, Walter Youb
CBC Edmonton's candidate survey responses:
Moe Banga, 62, has lived in Edmonton for 35 years
Family: married, three children
Credentials: city councillor, Ward 12. Engineering graduate. Police officer for 24 years
Top three issues: A new recreation centre for Ward 12. Affordable and convenient access to public infrastructure for seniors. Crime and safety issues.
City's biggest challenge: Becoming a hub for innovation and growth. Edmonton needs a more diversified economy.
Nigel Logan, 33, has lived in Edmonton for 15 years
Family: single, no children.
Credentials: IT/digital marketing manager; former constituency manager for an Edmonton MLA; BTech technology management, computer engineering technology diploma
Top issues: promote better communication between ward councillor and residents; focus on long-term planning when expanding city; build community recreation centre and library for the Summerside/Ellerslie area
City's biggest challenge: managing growth in sustainable, affordable housing.
Mike Russnak, 35, has lived in Edmonton 30 years
Credentials: Ten years as a building products distribution branch manager, currently campaigning full-time; management diploma from MacEwan University
Top issues: bring accountability back to city hall; evaluate plans for affordable housing and the resulting changes to these communities; improve police resources to curb property crimes
City's biggest challenge: curb imprudent spending on city projects
Jo-Anne Wright, 54, has lived in Edmonton her entire life
Family: married with three children
Credentials: Constituency manager; bachelor of human resources and labour relations from Athabasca University; personal financial planning diploma (from the institution known at the time as the Institute of Canadian Bankers)
Top issues: invest in infrastructure, especially suitable transit; expand the city's vision for affordable housing; build stronger communities by making connections for residents
City's biggest challenge: realize our potential on the global stage while remaining true to our community-focused identity
Walter Youb, 35, has lived in Edmonton his enitre life
Family: married with one child
Credentials: Project management and logistics; B.Comm. in international business
Top issues: improve urban planning by putting processes in place to analyze the full project before it is approved; work on public safety; promote job development and economic growth
City's biggest challenge: urban planning
With files from the CBC's Natasha Riebe