Countdown to 2010 elections begins

One year to go before possibily radical city election

By Naheed Nenshi, for the Calgary Herald
October 22nd, 2009

In just under a year, Calgarians (or at least 18 to 30 per cent of us if voting patterns hold) will go to the polls to elect a new city council. In the past, this was a pretty perfunctory affair. In fact, with the exception of the Ward 10 scandal in 2004-05, no incumbent had lost a seat in my memory.

Things started to change in 2007, when two incumbents lost and a third, presumably afraid of losing, dropped out at the last possible moment.

I think that this pattern may continue in 2010. In fact, I would argue that no incumbent is safe, and that a result like that in Guelph, Ont., in 2006, when voter turnout hit 50 per cent (from 36 per cent) and voters sent the mayor and more than half of councillors packing is not out of the question.

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