Don Iveson crushes competition to be re-elected mayor in Edmonton election
Iveson won with just over 72 per cent of the vote, according to unofficial results released Monday night.
“I really do look forward to serving as your mayor for four more years,” Iveson said.
In a distant second, Don Koziak came in with nearly seven per cent of the vote.
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With his wife, Sarah Chan, by his side, Iveson made his way to the stage at the Matrix Hotel Monday night to make his victory speech.
“For us, it has always started with family, with Sarah as my most important supporter. Thank you, love you,” he said, also thanking his children and the rest of his family.
Iveson started by taking a look back on the first time he ran for city council, 10 years ago.
“That night, 10 years ago, we had a hard time fathoming the amount of faith our fellow citizens had put in me,” he said. “Today — 10 years, three elections later — I am happy to report that that feeling of responsibility and of humility and even awe has not diminished for us, not even a little bit.”
Watch below: Global News declares Don Iveson re-elected as mayor of Edmonton
Dispelling rumours he might have higher aspirations, Iveson said he is committed to serve Edmonton for the full four years.
“Let me unequivocally say, I am here for four years. I have no aspirations to go provincial or federal in 2019, those rumours didn’t start with me and they’re not going to come to fruition. Period.”
Watch below: Don Iveson will serve another term as Edmonton’s mayor after being re-elected on Monday night. After delivering a victory speech, he spoke to reporters.
The 13-way race for mayor was perhaps better known as the race that wasn’t. Ahead of the vote, political watchers were vocal about a lack of a serious challenger to Iveson, who first won the mayor’s seat in 2013.
A poll released on Friday suggested Iveson would “easily” win the mayoral race.
In 2013, Iveson won the mayoral race with more than 60 per cent of the vote. Iveson served two terms on city council prior to his first term as mayor.
Unofficial results show 31.5 per cent voter turnout for the 2017 Edmonton election.
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