Jyoti Gondek announces run for mayor, committed to ‘taking the centre route’

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“One of the things that I need to do on behalf of my constituents is to hold other orders of government accountable when they’re doing things that are detrimental to us,” Gondek said.

“So if I’m using my voice as an elected official to speak up on behalf of Calgarians, I think it’s a good thing.”

It’s still unclear if the 2021 election will see an open race for mayor. Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who’s been in office since 2010, has said he hasn’t decided if he’ll run for a fourth term.

Several Calgarians have said they plan to run for mayor but, so far, only Farkas and Brad Field, a local businessman, have filed nomination papers to make things official.

On Wednesday, former Kerby Centre president Zane Novak also announced plans to run for mayor. He said city hall is currently “lacking in strong leadership.”

He also questioned plans for the Green Line, saying he’s worried it could “balloon billions of dollars in cost” and compromise future infrastructure plans.

The municipal election is set for Oct. 18 and there’s a long road yet before Calgarians cast their ballots. Candidates have until Sept. 20 at noon to submit their nomination documents, and the official list of candidates could change between now and then.

Gondek said she’s been seriously considering a mayoral run since the fall, and didn’t base her decision on what the field might look like or whether she’ll be up against an incumbent.

Calgary has never had a female mayor, but “gender, sex, race didn’t factor into the decision (to run) for me,” Gondek said.

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