Naheed Nenshi announces he's running for re-election in 2017

Nov 4 2016, 4:33 pm

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is seeking a third term as Calgary’s mayor and will be running in the October 2017 municipal election.

He announced it last night via a video statement on his YouTube channel and then tweeted it out this morning.

“We’ve worked hard to make government work better,” he said. “The Economist calls us one of the top five cities in which to live, and we do it all for some of the lowest taxes in Canada.

 Nenshi goes on to list his accomplishments over the past six years, including investments in roads, transit, recreation centres, parks and fire halls, but then says there is still work to be done.

“The times are tough. Far too many of our neighbours are feeling the pain of unemployment and the uncertainty of not knowing what the future holds,” he said.

“At the same time, around the world and here in Calgary, we’re seeing increased forces of hatred and of xenophobia and people who would rather drag us apart than bring us together.

“That’s not the Calgary way.”

Mayor Nenshi was first elected in 2010 and was re-elected in 2013.