The race for mayor of Calgary is heating up, with nine hopefuls announcing their campaigns, including another Calgary city councilor.
Department 3 Council. Jyoti Gondek announced her intention to run on Wednesday afternoon. She said she wants to continue the work done in the council to improve the way the city functions.
When I entered 2017 as an outsider who was very critical of the way some decisions were being made… I was irritated that we were not doing things differently, Gondek told Global News. Now that I have been on the council for three years, I can tell you some of the systems we have in place and some of the processes that hold us back.
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Gondek said the next term for the city council will be critical to removing obstacles the council has begun.
The counselor said it took her some time to reflect on the incredible privilege of representing Ward 3 in her first term, and some of the successes at the time.
These successes have come from me asking some pretty basic but critical questions.
Gondek said she sees every Kalgarian as an investor in the city and the decision to live here deserves a return of that decision.
“I think it’s absolutely appropriate for Calgary to deserve full communities,” Gondek told Global News. You deserve strong transit and mobility networks, you deserve a good place to live, you deserve to have schools in your community. And I think the only thing the pandemic has taught us is when any of us fall into a vulnerable position, you deserve to know that your city will help you get back on track.
These are the things I thought about when I made this decision.
Gondek chairs the city’s permanent policy committee for urban planning and development and is vice chair of the cities ’Green Line committee. She also holds other positions on boards, committees and commissions. Until October 2020, she served on the Calgary Police Commission.
Gondek was elected as the Neighborhood 3 representative in 2017, receiving 42 percent of the vote.
Prior to joining the city council, Gondek was an assistant professor in the School of Business at Calgarys Haskayne University.
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On Wednesday morning, Zane Novak announced his campaign from outside the Max Bell Center.
What sets me apart is my commitment to both the business community and the nonprofit world, the social sector. I see how those two sectors should meet together, get married together and support each other, Novak said.
“Unless you have a prosperous, vibrant city, you can not maintain the necessary social programs that we need.”
Former president of the Kerby Center from 2016 to 2020, Novak is CEO of ZKO Oilfield Industries and moved to Calgary from the Edmonton area in 2001.
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Novak thinks his connections to the nonprofit sector could help him as mayor improve the city.
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My only best talent is getting people with different ideas, different goals and different results to the same table together and achieving a common reasoning to move the whole needle or call forward, which is what we need as Calgarians, Novak said.
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Novak is not the only local businessman hoping to be mayor of Calgarys.
Brad Field announced his mayoral campaign on November 18, 2020.
On Monday with Danielle Smith on Global News Radio 770 CHQR, Field said he was some kind of great personality or go home and claimed that Calgary has a complete leadership gap now.
And here I am fit – bringing that collaborative leadership to the table, BRC Group President Danielle Smith told. I think I am the most suitable in the mayor’s chair where I can cooperate and gather people together.
Field said his international experience in business has helped him with that collaborative approach.
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I have done business in the US, in the Middle East, Field said. I have been in many sectors, from healthcare to fire suppression to repair and renovation of heavy equipment to consulting. So I have had a variety of experiences.
Field told Smith he would have a different approach from the current mayor.
“What I would do differently is bring that collaboration together, bring those ends of the spectrum closer together,” Field said.
No news from Nenshi
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has not revealed whether he intends to run for a fourth term. On Wednesday, the mayor’s office said he was not available for comment.
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Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt said the mayor has an advantage of recognizing the name as current and may delay his announcement as a result.
But there are downsides to (Nenshi) saying, I will not run because it could weaken his maneuver around the city council, Bratt said.
I would not expect a decision from Nenshi until much later in the process. Challenges, on the other hand, need to be opened.
Former Nenshi campaign manager Zain Velji said Farkas and Gondek entering the mayoral race showed an appetite for councilors to see a lane.
If you are an intelligent politician running one of these campaigns now, you are watching the game of raw numbers, Velji told The Drive on Global News Radio 770 CHQR. You are saying, How many candidates are we projecting in the race and what is the total number of votes to win? And they are just working to change that level of engineering support.
The mayor recently said he did not want to prolong his decision-making process much longer, out of respect for others who are planning to run for mayor.
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I wish I had more time during the break to ask myself some very difficult personal questions, Nenshi said on January 5th. I think a lot of my decision, again, as I said before, is actually based not only on what is appropriate for me, but also on where the community as a whole is.
Nine people have announced their campaigns for the mayoral chair, with the majority announcing their plans on social media. Only Neighborhood 11 Council. Jeromy Farkas and Brad Field had filed their nomination papers in Calgary Election since Wednesday. Gondek said she plans to submit her nomination papers early next week.
Calgary municipal elections are scheduled for October 18th.
– With files from Adam MacVicar, Global News
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