The Calgary municipal election takes place on October 16 and so far, the person to beat is incumbent Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
Currently, a handful of candidates are challenging Nenshi and chances are slim that any could beat him.
The only certainty at this point is that Calgary City Hall needs a major overhaul.
Spending is out of control with council wasting money on government boondoggles like composting facilities, pricey Italian tile for washrooms and a private boardroom for their own use at the newly renovated City Hall – and that’s just scratching the surface.
There’s been a lot of speculation that Conservative MP Michelle Rempel will join the race, but she hasn’t confirmed.
Watch to see her response when I had a chance to ask her whether she’s made the decision.
At the moment, Calgary lawyer Bill Smith seems the most promising of the official candidates. Smith has four children, owns a law firm and previously, was a firefighter.
Nenshi is in attack mode, which likely means he sees Smith as competition. He’s made remarks about Smith living outside of Calgary, raising funds illegally and suggests he’s not suitable because he’s never held public office.
But, is Nenshi in any position to raise these issues given the questionable fundraising taking place for his legal bills, which have also raised ethical questions? Plus, maybe he’s forgotten but Nenshi hadn’t held public office before becoming Mayor either.
The question remains— will we see someone truly capable of beating Nenshi enter the race and go on to fix the waste at City Hall?
I’ll be sure to keep you updated along the way.