EDMONTON – Signs that read ‘Don Iveson for Mayor’ made the Edmonton city councillor’s political intentions for the October election clear.
During his announcement at the Petroleum Club Tuesday afternoon, Iveson revealed the reason for his decision.
“I have decided to run for Mayor of the City of Edmonton because I want my children and your children and your grandchildren to choose Edmonton.”
Iveson explained his passion is city building, and that his city is Edmonton. He said he started door knocking in 2007 because friends were moving away and he wanted to bring people back to Edmonton.
“My vision for Edmonton is a city that is fair, a city that is functional, and a city that is profitable and prosperous,” Iveson added, “a city that delights us with its beauty and energy and excitement.”
“We know where this city is going. When we close our eyes, we can see it. Now, let’s build it.”
He stressed the city shouldn’t rely on property taxes alone and should look at a different financial formula.
Several colleagues attended the announcement, including Amarjeet Sohi, Kim Krushell, Ben Henderson, and Dave Loken.
Fellow councillors Kerry Diotte and Karen Leibovici have already announced they will be running for mayor on October 21st.
Curtis Penner is also seeking the mayor’s chair.
Iveson was first elected to council in 2007. He served as Ward 5 councillor before the new boundary divisions. Since 2010, he has represented Ward 10.
He is the chair of the Capital Region Board Regional Transit Committee and is on the Edmonton Public Library’s Board.
In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta.
More to come…