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Calgary elects first Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi

Stephen Mandel re-elected in Edmonton

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One of Alberta’s two biggest cities has a new mayor, while the other has re-elected the incumbent. Naheed Nenshi, a 38-year-old Harvard-educated business professor from Mount Royal University is Calgary’s new mayor. Nenshi will be the first Muslim-Canadian to ever run a major city. He earned 40 per cent of the votes, defeating Councilor Ric McIver and former news anchor Barb Higgins in a three-way race. His platform based was based on limiting urban sprawl and protecting the environment. Voter turnout in Calgary was 53 per cent. In Edmonton, Mayor Stephen Mandel was easily re-elected with 55 per cent of the vote. David Dorward came second with 30 per cent of the vote.

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