If the latest polling on the Mayoral race is any indication, it looks like the people of Calgary want change.
Not so long ago, Mayor Nenshi enjoyed favourable approval ratings, even being voted Best Mayor in the World at one point!
But today he sits nine points behind mayoral candidate and relative unknown, Bill Smith.
Is Nenshi in trouble? Perhaps his missteps are catching up with him but there is still one thing in Bill Smith’s way, and that is Ward 10 Councillor Andre Chabot’s campaign.
Chabot is polling in third place with seven per cent support. His chances of winning aren’t close but that level of support isn’t far off from Smith’s nine point lead.
This means Chabot’s supporters could swing this race by siphoning voters from Smith when it appears he has a real chance of winning the election and beating Nenshi.
Chabot and Smith share common goals with platforms focussed on fiscal responsibility, but there’s no sense running two candidates with similar mandates if one ends up becoming an an obstruction to the desired outcome for both.
So how will this end? Will this race become a battle to the bitter end that will result in handing the reins over to Mayor Nenshi for a third time, or will the underdog prevail?