Calgary election 2021: Who won in Ward 11?

Kourtney Branagan is projected to become the newest councillor for Ward 11.

Branagan will replace Jeromy Farkas, who stepped down from council to run for mayor.

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Here’s a look at the eight candidates running in Ward 11, in alphabetical order.

Vance Bertram

Bertram works as an electrician with his four brothers at his family business, and calls himself a principled conservative.

If elected, Bertram’s focuses in council would be bringing back fiscal conservatism, supporting local businesses and standing up for families and family valiues.

Vance Bertram’s website

Vance Bertram’s Facebook page

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Kourtney Branagan

Branagan is a tech sector professional living in Ward 11, and says her experience of raising her family, while having her parents and grandparents living in the city as well, gives her an edge when it comes to advocating for Calgarians at city hall.

If elected, Branagan would focus on investing in LRT infrastructure and active transportation, development of a downtown strategy that supports local business and offers a wide range of activities, and limiting sprawl and its strain on the city’s budget.

Kourtney Branagan’s website

Kourtney Branagan’s Facebook page

Kourtney Branagan’s Twitter

Devin DeFraine

DeFraine has lived and worked in Calgary his whole life, and is now raising his newborn daughter here. He’s very involved with his community, holding positions with the Stonecroft at Cedarbrae Board, as well as the Wildrose Calgary-Glenmore Constituency Association.

As a councillor, DeFraine’s priorities would be putting an end to tax hikes, seeing the Blue Line LRT expansion be prioritized over the north leg of the Green Line, and stopping the expansion of the city’s bike lane network.

Devin DeFraine’s website

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Devin DeFraine’s Facebook page

Lauren Herschel

Herschel has called Calgary home for 15 years, after relocating to the city for work. She believes her experience in business planning, leadership, as well as her community involvement, will allow her to advocate for Ward 11.

If elected, Herschel would focus on making Calgary an economically efficient and competitive city, improving transparency and accountability on council, and investing in things like transportation, amenities and infrastructure.

Lauren Herschel’s website

Lauren Herschel’s Facebook page

Lauren Herschel’s Twitter

Mike Jamieson

Jamieson is a born and raised Calgarian who’s spend years working in the oil and gas industry in northern Alberta and B.C., before returning to the city for work. He’s also a supporter of several community organizations including the Drop-In Centre and the Erma Fennel Foundation.

If elected to council, Jamieson is committed to making Ward 11 the safest place in the city to live, improving transparency on council, and improving efficiencies at city hall.

Mike Jamieson’s website

Mike Jamieson’s Facebook page

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Mike Jamieson’s Twitter

Dawid Pawlowski

Pawloski is running for council in Ward 11. No campaign information was available for him.

Pawlowski and his brother, Artur, were charged with and found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 public health orders.

The Pawlowski brothers organized rallies against public health measures at various locations across Calgary, at a time when large public gatherings were banned in the province.

Pawlowski’s Facebook page

Geoffrey Vanderburg

Vanderburg has lived and worked in Calgary after moving to the city as a child more than 40 years ago, and along with teaching at Mount Royal University, actively volunteers his time with many community organizations.

If elected to represent Ward 11, Vanderburg would work toward responsible spending of taxpayers’ money, improving collaboration on city council, and improving public safety but getting at the root causes of issues.

Geoffrey Vanderburg’s website

Geoffrey Vanderberg’s Facebook page

Geoffrey Vanderberg’s Twitter

Rob Ward

A born and raised Calgarian, Ward runs his own IT and marketing business, working with small businesses. He also volunteers his time to serve as part of the Willow Park Charity Golf Classic committee.

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As a councillor, Ward would focus on financial responsibility and finding ways to create jobs post-COVID-19 pandemic, creating safer communities, and improving the public’s trust in city council.

Rob Ward’s website

Rob Ward’s Facebook page

In total, 27 people are running for mayor and there are 100 candidates for city council. Eighteen people are running to become Calgary Catholic School Board trustees, while 38 people are running to become Calgary Board of Education trustees.

Election day is Monday, Oct. 18.


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