The race is on with a record number of candidates: 131!
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Edmonton Election Update

Edmonton Election Update: Sept. 20, 2017

By Mack Male

Welcome to our seventh roundup of election-related news and links. We'll be publishing this kind of collection regularly right through to Election Day, which is Oct. 16, 2017. We hope you find it useful, and welcome any feedback or tips you might have.

The race is on with a record number of candidates

The list of candidates running for office in the 2017 municipal election is now official. There are 131 candidates, including:

  • 13 mayoral candidates
  • 70 city council candidates
  • 20 Edmonton Catholic School Board trustee candidates
  • 28 Edmonton Public School Board trustee candidates (including one acclamation)

Michelle Draper was the only candidate acclaimed on Monday, so she'll continue serving as the public school board trustee for Ward B. Barry Koperski had filed his paperwork to run for council in Ward 4, but withdrew his nomination on Tuesday.

A total of 131 candidates is a new record for municipal elections in Edmonton. The previous high was 120 in the 1986 election. The 2013 election came close, with 119 candidates filing their paperwork.

Andrew Knack, councillor for Ward 1, was running unopposed until Nomination Day, when three challengers came forward. "Thankfully people will have a choice in Ward 1," he tweeted. It's actually Ward 2 that has the fewest candidates for council, with just three, a significant decline from 2013's seven. In the 2013 election, Wards 4 and 9 had just two candidates each.

There are 24 female candidates for mayor or council, which is about 29 per cent, and that's up from 17 per cent in 2013. Counting all the races, 36.6 per cent of the field is female, which is up from 32.7 per cent in 2013.

Edmonton Elections has made the full list of candidates available, and you can also download it in the Open Data Catalogue.

Dave Cournoyer took a bunch of photos at City Hall, which you can see here. The Journal has shared video and photos from Nomination Day.

20 minutes into Nomination Day... here's the scene here at City Hall — @ElectionCensus

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