Edmonton's municipal election is on Oct. 18 — this is our final round up of the news and announcements you need to know to stay informed before heading to the polls.
Policies and campaign updates
- Rick Comrie has pulled out of the mayoral race and formally endorsed Mike Nickel. The full-length video announcement is available on Facebook.
- Amarjeet Sohi confirmed his commitment to completing the Valley Line West LRT.
- Amarjeet Sohi, Mike Nickel, and Diana Steele have released their donor disclosures. Candidates running for mayor must disclose their finances to Edmonton Elections before March 1, 2022, and frontrunners have pledged to do so before election day on Oct. 18. For more insight into Nickel's finances, the Edmonton Journal unpacked his donor list in an article on Oct. 14.
- Mayoral candidate Cheryll Watson tweeted her 10-point economic recovery plan.
City council candidates
- Ward Anirniq candidate Bev Esslinger released her three policy pillars: economy and jobs, safety, and community.
- Ward Dene candidate Aaron Paquette compiled his professional and political track record.
- Ward Karhiio candidate Keren Tang posted her plans for Edmonton's southeast.
- Ward Karhiio candidate Shamair Turner will door-knock virtually with a video series.
- In a post, Ward Nakota Isga candidate Steve Weston offered his thoughts on vote splitting.
- Ward papastew candidate Haruun Ali posted an infographic on why he believes Edmonton should divest from the Edmonton Police Service.
- Ward papastew candidate Tarcy Schindelka provided his thoughts on a proposed safe consumption site in Strathcona.
- Ward pihêsiwin candidate Tim Cartmell shared his stance on the city's naturalization policy and new recreation plans.
- Ward Sspomitapi candidate Moe Banga posted about his experience with traffic safety street labs.
Weighing in on the campaign trail
- So far, 67 out of 85 candidates have responded to the Taproot Survey. You can take the survey yourself and see where you align with mayoral and city council candidates on key campaign issues. And there are more ways to play with the data.
- Advanced voting concluded on Oct. 13. According to Edmonton Elections, about one in 10 eligible voters cast a ballot during that period.
- CBC's Edmonton AM continued its week-long series looking at the race for Edmonton's next mayor with Kim Krushell, Michael Oshry, and Cheryll Watson.
- CTV News Edmonton reported that all mayoral frontrunners are promising a property tax freeze if elected, except Amarjeet Sohi.
- The Edmonton Journal published opinion pieces by mayoral candidates Amarjeet Sohi and Diana Steele.
- Columnist Keith Gerein wrote an opinion piece on candidate transparency.
- Global News Edmonton published a profile of Ward O-day'min and compiled a list on how mayoral candidates will approach downtown revitalization.
- A poll conducted for Postmedia over the Thanksgiving holiday found that support for Amarjeet Sohi is almost double the closest challenger, Mike Nickel.
- Advocacy group Paths for People shared the responses to its Whyte Avenue Survey conducted over the summer.
- Child Care Now Alberta released the list of candidates that joined its child-care pledge.
- Public Interest Alberta invited mayoral and city council candidates to discuss their priorities for public interest and posted the responses.
- The Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS) released a new research report on violence against women in politics.
- The Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (ECOHH) hosted a virtual mayoral housing forum with Mike Nickel, Michael Oshry, Amarjeet Sohi, Diana Steele, and Cheryll Watson on Oct. 12.
A list of all of the candidates who have announced they are running in the Edmonton municipal election is available here. Learn more about Taproot's effort to ground our election coverage in what is important to Edmontonians on our election site.