And so it begins.
Current mayor Rajko Dodic kicked off the campaign season by announcing earlier this week that he wasn’t running in the 2013 municipal election. What this means is that we can expect lots of candidates this election, for both mayor and city council.
Six candidates vied for mayor when David Carpenter stepped down in 2001, and five came forward when Bob Tarleck decided in 2010 not to run for a third term.
Likewise, voters had to chose from among 35 aldermanic candidates in 2001 and 30 in 2010 (33 if you count the byelection held after Bob Babki died).
Current city councillor, Faron Ellis, wasted no time announcing his intention to fill Dodic’s vacancy, becoming the first person to announce a candidacy this election.
His campaign slogan is “reasonable, responsible, and reliable leadership”, which is interesting given he has served only a single term on city council (Dodic had served two, Tarleck had served nine, and Carpenter had served three).
We look forward to the next 5 months.
- Mayor Dodic Will Not Seek Re-Election (Country 95)
- Rajko Dodic Will Not Seek Re-Election as Lethbridge Mayor (CJOC)
- Dodic’s Done! (Lethbridge Herald)
- CTV Lethbridge on Dodic announcement
- Councillor Faron Ellis Announces Intentions To Run For Mayor (Country 95)
- Councillor Faron Ellis Announces Intentions to Run For Lethbridge Mayor (CJOC)
- Ellis seeks mayor’s chair (Lethbridge Herald)
- CTV Lethbridge on Ellis announcement