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Choose Your Fighter
- SPARK & PONY
Edmontonians will be hitting the polls on October 18th to decide who will be their next Mayor. There are eleven candidates running in the election, each with their own ideas on how to tackle the city’s toughest challenges.
So who exactly are the 2021 Edmonton Mayoral Candidates and what do they stand for?
We break it down for you, including their top policy stances. So you can make an informed decision come election day.
2021 Edmonton Mayoral Candidates
From entrepreneurs to longtime civil servants, the deck is stacked with passionate candidates who have a unique take on the issues that face Edmonton. Here are your 2021 Edmonton Mayoral Candidates
Diana Steele is a longtime Edmonton entrepreneur, running several small businesses of her own over the last two decades. Diana also has a lengthy history of local volunteer work. Her most recent endeavour was organizing a grocery delivery program for people during the pandemic.
Some of Diana’s top policy priorities include offering enticing tax rates for business retention and attraction and ending homelessness. She is also passionate about making sure families have access to sports/recreation and community centers. If elected, Diana would become the first female Metis mayor of Edmonton.
Cheryll Watson was raised on the north side of Edmonton in the community of Beverly. After a long career in tech, Cheryll joined the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. There, she founded Innovate Edmonton and co-founded Alberta Innovation Corridor, two initiatives focused on revitalizing the local economy. When it comes to volunteer work, Cheryll has proudly served on the board of the Zebra Child Protection Centre and the Edmonton Arts Council.
Cheryll’s list of top issues includes making the city safer for women and young girls. This would mean mandating all city parkades have parking stalls designated for women and families located closest to entrances, stairs, and elevators.
Cheryll is also interested in establishing an accountability officer who would act independent of City Administration and vet motions or work directed by City Council.
Mike Nickel was born in Poland and immigrated to Edmonton when he was old enough to join his family. He has been serving Edmonton since 2004 as a councillor for Ward 5 and then Ward 11. One of his most popular policy stances is his pledge to eliminate photo radar in the Edmonton. Instead, he wants to implement other solutions including more flashing speed signs.
Mike is also seriously concerned about the growing homelessness situation in the downtown core. Part of his plans to address this would be a motion that would include a set of standards that shelters would have to meet — like mandatory meals. This will be his third run for Mayor of Edmonton.
Augustine is a long-time community activist and teacher who prides himself on his depth of experience in leadership roles in the school system. Originally from Sierra Leone, Augustine has been a proud Edmonton resident for over two decades.
In terms of policy choices, Augustine is invested in finding creative ways to increase and diversify job creation in Edmonton. Like many of the candidates, he also sees homelessness as a growing problem.
Amarjeet Sohi was born in Punjab and immigrated to Edmonton when he was 18 years old. In his early years, Amarjeet worked several odd jobs, eventually finding himself working for the Edmonton Transit System as a bus driver.
Amarjeet turned to civil politics in 2014 and has since served as an Edmonton City Councillor three times. In 2015, he became a federal cabinet minister, where his primary responsibilities included managing infrastructure and natural resources.
Some recent projects Amarjeet has been involved in include the Trans Mountain Pipeline, advocating for the clean-up of abandoned wells in Alberta and the expansion of solar and green energy projects. Amarjeet currently lives in Mill Woods and teaches at Grant MacEwan.
Michael Oshry moved to Canada when he was just seven years old. He has spent most of his adult life building businesses here in Edmonton, including the legendary Remedy Cafe. He also co-founded a financial technology company called Firma Foreign Exchange, in addition to other ventures.
Michael was elected city councillor in Ward 5 in 2013. His platform as Mayor includes several large initiatives like developing West Rossdale, decreasing property taxes and providing automatic approvals of business licenses applying in the downtown core.
Rick was born and raised in Edmonton and prides himself as a born entrepreneur. In his early adulthood, Rick attended NAIT and after graduating, opened a mobile automotive company.
As a mayoral candidate, he wants to address what he calls “excessive taxation”. That includes conducting an independent financial audit of city expenses, making public parking free, and eliminating red tape on permits and licensing.
Rick also plans to rename city wards back to their original numbers. As a business owner and father, Rick hopes to restore Edmonton to the city he once remembers.
Abdul Malik Chukwoody
Abdul is a geological engineer turned politician. He spent several years in the Middle East managing the third largest oil and gas drilling company in the world. Malik believes his ability to work with people from different countries and cultures makes him a perfect candidate.
His top platform issues include promoting business development which would include grants to resuscitate small businesses and attract foreign, local investors.
Abdul is also a strong advocate for diversifying the Edmonton economy. Other policy initiatives include free WiFi on public transit and addressing social issues like re-evaluating safe injection sites.
Brian (Breezy) Gregg
Brian was born and raised in Edmonton and is currently a beloved artist and musician in the community. This will be Brian’s second time running for Edmonton Mayor. Some of his biggest platform promises include free public transportation, strengthening public library services, and free Wifi. He is also a strong proponent of making housing more affordable in Edmonton.
Kim was raised in Southern California and moved to Edmonton in 1990. Before running for city council, Kim spent almost ten years as an Executive Assistant to former councillor Larry Langley. She then ran for city council in 2004 and was elected three times to represent the people of Ward 2.
In 2014, Kim left public service to build two tech firms. She believes this experience has given her unique insight into the challenges new businesses and job creators face in Edmonton.
Her platform includes increased transparency at the elected level. She wants to improve the city website and create a way for constituents to track items coming before city council.
She is also eager to improve utilities, maintenance, and construction coordination, and provide support for vulnerable Edmonton residents.
Still Deciding Between The 2021 Edmonton Mayoral Candidates?
Not sure who to cast your vote for in the upcoming Edmonton election? Make a list of the issues that matter most to you and then find out where each candidate stands.
Even better? Tune into our Instagram this Thursday, September 30th to watch the candidates make their best pitch.
Note: Vanessa Denman is also running as a mayoral candidate. However, she does not have a website at this time.