September 23, 2013 3:00 pm
Updated: October 15, 2013 12:34 pm

Meet the candidates in Edmonton’s mayoral race


Mayoral candidates have to collect at least 100 signatures from eligible voters who support their nomination. City councillor and school board trustee candidates have to collect at least 25 signatures from residents in their ward who support their candidacy.

Edmonton Elections will be hosting a series of City Council forums for all candidates between September 30 and October 10.

Three forums will be held for mayoral candidates and one forum for each of the 12 wards. The forums will be webcast live by Edmonton Elections.

Meet the mayoral candidates


Diotte was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and attended Carleton University and Algonquin College. He moved to Edmonton in 1985.

Diotte worked as a journalist for 30 years before entering politics, most notably, as an opinion columnist covering civic issues for the Edmonton Sun.

In October 2010, Diotte was elected to City Council for Ward 11.

His campaign website describes him as “a fiscal watchdog with a big heart.”

Follow Kerry Diotte on Twitter , or visit his Facebook page.


Don Iveson was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended the University of Alberta and wrote for the school’s newspaper, The Gateway.

After two years in Toronto, Iveson returned to Edmonton and worked as the business manager of The Gateway, before switching to a government relations position with the University of Alberta.

Iveson first ran for City Council in 2007, when he was elected to serve Ward 10. He has served six years (two terms) on Council.

Follow Don Iveson on Twitter  or visit his Facebook page .


Karen Leibovici worked as a social worker, a Labour Relations Officer, and has worked in provincial politics. In 1993, she was elected the MLA for Edmonton-Meadowlark.

In 2001, she was elected to serve Ward 5 and continued to do so for four terms (12 years).

Since 2002, Leibovici has been part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and in 2012 she became President of the Federation.

Follow Karen Leibovici on Twitter  or visit her Facebook page 

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Acielo reportedly works in real estate. She does not have an official web site.


Josh Semotiuk has lived in Edmonton with his family for the past decade. He is married and has two children. Semotiuk is employed as an AltaSteel Maintenance Electrician.

He describes himself as “a regular, everyman Edmontonian” who’s “not taking individual donations, because I feel that private citizens should keep their own money. I’m also not taking donations from any corporation or other organization; part of my commitment to enter the mayor’s chair not owing any favours.”

Follow Josh Semotiuk on Twitter or on his Facebook page 


Gordon Ward was born in Alberta and raised in several communities across the province. After completing his education in engineering and business, Ward’s work took him across Canada, throughout the United States and the Far East.”

He has spent the last decade in Edmonton and has chosen to raise his family here.  Ward now works in “Hyperbaric Medicine.” Ward has chosen to self-finance his mayoral campaign.

Visit Gordon Ward’s website or follow him on Twitter here.

Find out who’s running in what ward by clicking on the interactive map below:

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