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Nomination period officially opens for 2021 Calgary election

Last Updated Jan 4, 2021 at 12:15 pm MDT

(CREDIT: @CityofCalgary/Twitter)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – If you are planning to run in the next civic election, you can now put your name on the ballot.

The nomination period for the fall vote officially opened Monday and will stay open until Sept. 20.

So far, several people, including current councillors have already expressed their intentions to run.

Ward 13 Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart was the first in line to submit her nomination papers for re-election.

“I look forward to all the new ways in 2021 that I can engage with residents as we respond, rebuild and recover as a city,” she said in a release. “Now, more than ever, responsive and responsible leadership is needed for our city.”

Colley-Urquhart is seeking an eighth term as Councillor, having first been elected in 2000.

One name that has not been confirmed yet for the 2021 election is incumbent mayor Naheed Nenshi.

Nenshi was first elected to the mayor’s chair in 2010 but hasn’t ruled out running for a fourth term.

In a year-end interview with 660 NEWS, Nenshi said the city needs someone who can meet this critical moment in history and he is getting pressure from all sides to continue on.

“My procrastination is getting the worst of me,” he said. “I really ought to have made a decision by now, and I just haven’t.”

He said regardless of what happens in the election, he hopes the new council will work on the projects and initiatives that Calgary needs.

“I think that that cliche that you’re hearing in a lot of places — build back better — really needs to be the mantra of the new city council. The new city council is going to inherit a tough situation.”

Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas announced in October he will be running for mayor of Calgary saying it’s time for the city to unleash its potential.

Two other candidates have also expressed a desire to run for mayor.

The next municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 18.