Nenshi will not run again in the 2021 municipal referendum in Calgary

Looking back, Nenshi feels like he has achieved what he planned to do

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will not run for re-election this year, putting an end to the “purple revolution” in City Hall and ending speculation that began with the increase in votes in the 2017 race.

“I’m relaxed,” he said with a laugh on Tuesday. “It’s so bad. It seems like I’m doing something bad.”

Speaking to Calgary during a Facebook Live, he asked about the energy that brought him to office almost 11 years ago.

“Thanks for the opportunity to be an ugly professor who doesn’t fit any of the boxes he fits,” he said.


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Nancy’s decision comes after a three-term mayor agreed to a “postponement”. It is known that he will announce his plans a year before the next campaign, and will mark the six-month count for the October 18 vote later this month. Edmonton Mayor Dan Evson has announced that his current term will end in November.

Nenshi did not rule out another position in politics “in the distant future,” but he rejected speculation that he planned to become a federal Liberal candidate.

The outgoing mayor said he landed in a place where he felt that leaving the elected office was the right path for him personally.

“Tough conversations were really with me. I had to answer questions like: Are you doing what your dad always told you to do, leaving it better than you found out? Is this the right time because all these mountains are in front of us?”

Nenshi’s work, like everything else, has been dramatically changed by the epidemic. On Tuesday morning, he should have held the Canadian mayoral ceremony to fill a hole for news cameras. Instead, he talked about the pit season from his home at a virtual news conference, and his election results were revealed in a video posted on Facebook.

He told the PostMedia last year that the epidemic was an additional stressor in his decision about his political future.


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But he said he slept well knowing that his preference was going to come in public.

“If we’ve learned anything in this past year, there are so many voices out there – new voices, so different voices – they just do not feel like they are being heard. I felt it was the right time to make room for some new voices, to make some space.”

Calgarys are well aware of Nenshi’s story. He won the 2010 mayoral race as a political alien against Rick McIver and Sue Higgins. At age 38, Mount Royal University nonprofit management professor and City Hall observer created a campaign that surpassed trends and expectations, winning 40 percent of the vote with less than 10 percent support for a longshot candidate.

Naheed Nenshi speaks to supporters ahead of the October 18, 2010 municipal election.
Naheed Nenshi speaks to supporters ahead of the October 18, 2010 municipal election. Photo by Mike Drew / Postmedia

He quickly made international headlines as the first person of color as the mayor of Calgary and the first Muslim mayor of a large Canadian city.

Later, his reputation grew after he helped lead Coal through the 2013 flood crisis, a year given to him. World Mayor Prize.

During his first term in office, Nenshi promised to do things differently for the Calgaryans.

“We will make it easy for you to engage in our conversation. We will understand your needs and your priorities, and we will act on them. We will listen. We will go beyond division and individuality to work together for the best interests of all Calgaryans. We will do that every day,” he said.


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Looking back, he feels like he has achieved what he planned to do.

He said it was intimidating to try to answer the question of his legacy in Calgary, but he points to things that have been built: from the new Central Library and the Max BRT bus network to new transfers and road projects across the city.

A As an alternative to satellite And final alignment Green Line Although the construction of the LRD mega project was now underway, it was approved under his supervision At least 2022 late.

“What I said is that we are going to change how people interact with their government,” he said. “Back in 2010 … people thought elections were premature results, the government happened to you.

“I am very proud of how deeply involved people have been in the community over these last 10 years.”

The civic political arena is evolving

Tuesday’s news solves the biggest question surrounding this year’s municipal referendum: is the mayor in a position of competition or not?

The mayoral race of Calgary was crowded even before Nancy’s announcement: there are currently 10 candidates Registered to run for mayor, Including two city councilors.

For the first time in a decade an open race could prompt more and more people to throw their hats in the ring.

There is also a sea change for the church. If Nenshi’s decision At least seven of 15 seats Horsepower around the city hall will be open to councilors Rest, Chooses not to run again Or trying for the mayor’s chair. Ward 2 gown only. Joe Maglioka and Ward 9 Gown. Gian-Carlo Carra did not publicly announce their intentions.


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Mayor Naheed Nenshi marched on Calcutta's Pride March in September. 2, 2018.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi marched on Calcutta’s Pride March in September. 2, 2018. Photo by Darren Mogovich / Postmedia

Nenshi said Coal needed a mayor late last year, as the COVID-19 epidemic and another fall in oil prices are cleaning up the city’s economy. But the public health crisis has come over a struggle with high unemployment and office vacancy rates stubborn to coal, and stocks are high on decisions on how to rebuild.

For now, Nenshi says he has no plans to recognize anyone.

“But it is not my nature to sit and shut my mouth in any election,” he added.

“I will continue to help people understand the issues. I will not hesitate to invite candidates who misrepresent the issues so that citizens know what choices are ahead of them.”

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