The councillor representing much of the city’s northeast has announced he will be running in Calgary’s general election in October, seeking a second term
Friday, Ward 5 Coun. George Chahal tweeted a photo of him submitting his nomination papers at Elections Calgary.
“Since my election in 2017, I’ve worked hard to be a strong voice for Northeast Calgarians,” said Chahal, who won 40 per cent of the vote in 2017.
“I will continue to listen to my constituents as we strive to build a city that works for all of us.”
Chahal currently sits on the Calgary Police Commission and is the founder and chair of the community-based public safety task force, recognizing the importance of the issue for all Calgarians.
“That’s been an important part for me and one of the reasons why I ran,” Chahal told Global News.
Chahal said a report from the task force is coming soon.
“But there’s still a lot more work to do when it comes to action and implementation of a lot of what we heard from the community and recommendations that will be coming forward.”
Chahal also sits on the community and public services, utilities and corporate services, emergency management and intergovernmental affairs committees. He is also involved with the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board.
Neighbouring Ward 10 in the northeast will not have an incumbent running after Ray Jones announced his retirement in October 2020.
Chahal joins councillors Sean Chu, Diane Colley-Urquhart and Jeff Davison as incumbents seeking re-election in their wards.
Currently, Wards 3, 8, 10, 11 and 12 have no incumbents running in them, representing a third of city council.
Two city councillors, Jyoti Gondek and Jeromy Farkas, previously announced their run for mayor. Mayor Naheed Nenshi has not yet announced whether or not he’ll be seeking re-election.
Council hopefuls have until Sept. 20 to submit their nomination paperwork and Calgarians cast their votes on Oct. 18.