Keren Tang claims a seat on Edmonton city council with a win at Ward Karhiio

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Keren Tang has made history in south central Edmonton.

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On Monday, voters elected Tang as Ward Karhiio city councilor, making her the first non-white woman to win a city council seat.

Ward Karhiio, which roughly aligns with the old District 11, was an open race in this election after Councilman Mike Nickel stepped aside to run for mayor.

At press time, Tang had a comfortable lead over challenger Tom Shaw, an AHS project manager.

Six candidates submitted their names: Tang, commercial insurance broker Shamair Turner, mortgage broker Charan Saggu, Shaw, urban planner Sana Kakar and Muhammad Herman Gill, whose occupation is unknown.

Before Monday, only 31 women had been elected to the Edmonton city council. Only two of the current 12 are women, and municipal voters have never returned an indigenous woman or a woman of color.

Tang, who has a background in public health policy, took on Nickel in 2017 and lost with 26.7 percent of the vote to Nickel’s 56 percent. This time, she came armed with the backing of outgoing mayor Don Iveson.

His team viewed the election results at his campaign office on Mill Woods Road.

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