Amarjeet Sohi will be Edmonton’s 36th mayor and a number of outgoing councilors could be beaten, the first results of the city’s municipal election on Monday night.
CTV News decision-making office predicted Sohi to be the winner just after 9 p.m.
At 9:30 p.m., with 83% of the polls reported, Sohi led all mayoral candidates with 44% of the vote. Sohi is followed by former advisers Mike Nickel (26 percent), Kim Krushell (17 percent) and Michael Oshry (six percent).
“I know the last few years have been tough,” Sohi said. “I am honored to have the privilege of leading us to a new chapter with better days to come. ”
“Let’s get to work. Let’s build a city that is a place of opportunity for all. ”
Sohi is the city’s first person of color to be elected mayor.
He was elected councilor in 2007 and re-elected in 2010 and 2013. He left local politics to run as a federal Liberal, winning in 2015 and serving in the federal cabinet before being defeated in 2019.
“This city will change,” Nickel told his supporters, conceding defeat.
“But there will always be a tomorrow and even if I’m not here, tomorrow will always be yours. ”
MIXED NIGHT FOR OWNERS
The outgoing advisers have a mixed evening.
CTV News has scheduled the re-election of incumbents Aaron Paquette in Dene, Andre Knack in Nakota Isga, Tim Cartmell in pihêsiwin and Sarah Hamilton in sipiwiyiniwak.
But others have struggled and could face defeat.
According to CTV News’ decision-making office, incumbent Tony Caterina is set to lose his board seat to Anne Stevenson in O-day’min.
Three other incumbents are behind at 9:30 p.m.
Bev Esslinger is behind Erin Rutherford at Anirniq. Moe Banga is back in third place in Sspomitapi. And Jon Dziadyk is behind Karen Principe tastawiyiniwak.
By Monday night, 62 of 65 incumbents, or about 95%, had been re-elected mayors or councilors in Edmonton in the last seven elections dating back to 1998.
Newcomers projected to join city council by CTV News include Ashley Salvador in Métis, Michael Janz in papastew and Keren Teng in Kahiio.
In a race that has yet to be declared, Jennifer Rice and Rhiannon Hoyle are in a tight race at Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi.
Voters also voted on the federal equalization program and daylight saving time as well as Senate candidates.
The final results of those polls will be released on the morning of October 26, although some cities, including Calgary but not Edmonton, are releasing the results Monday evening.