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Calgary election results 2013: By the numbers

By National Post staff

October 22, 2013

Featured image: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

It was a coronation in Calgary Monday night as overwhelming favourite Mayor Naheed Nenshi marched to a resounding victory over former councillor Jon Lord and seven other hopefuls to win his second term as mayor of Alberta’s biggest city.

Nenshi won 193,354 of the 262,352 votes cast in the municipal election Monday — 74% of the total — according to the City of Calgary. Lord came second with 56,118, followed by Sandra Hunter, who got 4,182.

The results are still unofficial. The official count will be released Friday at noon.


Nenshi became a national figure this summer for his tireless efforts to rally Calgarians swamped by heavy flooding.

While Nenshi did not shy away from a fight during this municipal campaign, he told the Calgary Herald’s editorial board last week that Calgarians are profoundly happy with the state of the city.

“I fundamentally believe we’ve got something very special here,” said Nenshi, who has made purple his trademark campaign colour.

“It takes every one of us — but it also takes politicians — to have that vision, to be able to articulate who it is we want to be and to help move our community there. That’s what we tried to do during the flood, certainly that’s what we’re going to try and do for the next four years.”

In a brief statement Monday evening to supporters at the Union Station bar, Lord said he entered the campaign six weeks ago to ensure there was a competitive race and that concerns such as high taxation were raised.

“I couldn’t sit idly by and watch as City Hall was given a blank check,” said Lord. “There are some issues and the economy of Calgary is being undermined.”

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