‘Historic Moment’: 8 Women Elected or Leading Edmonton City Council Contests – Edmonton | The Canadian News

For the first time, Edmonton City Council will have more women than men.

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As of 11:30 pm on Monday, six candidates had been chosen:

“I feel great,” said Councilmember-elect Stevenson. “It’s a bit surreal but really wonderful.

“It is definitely a very exciting and historic moment.

“I think it really speaks to what Edmontons have been wanting to see for a while and some really strong candidates stepped up and we’ve made history.”

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With 88 percent of polls reporting, Erin Rutherford was in a tight race with incumbent Bev Esslinger at Ward Anirniq. Rutherford had 26 percent of the vote, while Esslinger had 24 percent.

In Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi, Jennifer Rice got 32.4 percent, while Rhiannon Hoyle got 32.2 percent of the poll votes.

“I think it will change the way things are done on the council,” said Councilmember-elect Wright, “it will bring a different perspective.”


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Outgoing Councilmember Michael Walters congratulated all who have worked hard behind the scenes to get more diverse voices on the council. He also praised Esslinger for her work on the council, at times being the “only voice in the wilderness” as the only woman on the city council two terms ago.

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“It’s very important to have that kind of diversity on the board,” Walters said.

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“We hoped, we dreamed, something like this,” Katherine O’Neill said with YEG parity, a group that supports women and non-binary individuals in obtaining leadership positions in the community.

“2021 is actually the 100th anniversary of the first woman to be elected to the Edmonton city council. Her name is Izena Ross.

“Achieving something so historic tonight … is beyond expectations,” O’Neill said.

“It helps with diversity of thought, diversity of perspective. I think you have prepared our council for success. “

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A total of 24 women ran for councilors in the 12 districts, and three ran for mayor.

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Voters in all districts, with the exception of Nakota Isga in the far west, had the option of choosing a candidate.


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Esslinger said Sept. 6 that there are several reasons why more women have historically not submitted their names.

“One is fundraising. They are often very good at raising money for everyone else, but not for themselves. And I think the other is just the social context in which we live. “

“Some women also have to balance that family life. What if you have children? said ParityYEG Vice President of Government Cindy Caturao.

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He said that when he was contemplating running for the council, he was surprised by some of the things he heard.

“I got the question several times, you know, ‘Why are you running when there is already another woman running?’ And it really surprised me that we are still caught up in this idea that women are not a part of public life, “he said.

“The biggest shock when you’re a woman running for a leadership position is harassment online,” Caturao explained.

“The absolute rubbish that women and non-binary people experience being political candidates online.”

– With files from Sarah Ryan, Global News


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