Edmonton election 2021: Amarjeet Sohi elected mayor

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Amarjit Sohi is expected to be the next mayor of Edmonton. He is making history as the first person of color to be elected as mayor of Edmonton.

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“I hope that with my victory and the community’s victory, we can inspire other people to run for office and also make structural change.”

Sohi said that every public institution should reflect the community it serves and changes need to be made so that minorities, women and people from different backgrounds are not stopped from running and serving.

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Sohi is a well-known face, having previously served Edmonton both municipally and federally.

Sohee represented Southeast Edmonton on the city council for eight years after being elected in 2007.

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In 2015, he entered federal politics as an MP for Edmonton Mill Woods. Sohi served as Minister of Infrastructure and Communities from 2015 to 2018 and Minister of Natural Resources from 2018 to 2019. He served one term before losing his seat during the 2019 federal election.

Sohi got 45 per cent votes with 94 per cent voting. The candidate who received the second most votes was Mike Nickel, with 25 percent, then Kim Krushel with 17 percent.

Sohi moved to Edmonton from India with his family in 1981. He attended Boney Doon High School and later worked as a bus driver in the city.

“I came to this city as a youth. I had nothing, and yet, I had everything,” he said while speaking about his family’s support.

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“I had ambitions and dreams of building a new life in a new home, dreams that sometimes seemed impossible.

“Today, because of you, because of everyone in this room, we have made the impossible possible.”

Sohi addressed Edmontonians in his acceptance speech on Monday night.

“Thank you for choosing me as your mayor.”

He also spoke to Edmontonians, who may not have voted for him.

“I may not have been your first choice, but that’s okay. We’re all Edmontonians. I want to assure you that I’ll be there for all of us.”

Sohi said that as cities recover from the effects of COVID-19, “we need to be there for each other.”

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Sohi stressed the importance of provincial support and partnerships on issues such as responding to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting homelessness and the opioid crisis.

“We need our provincial government to be our partner.”

He said he understands that the past few years have been difficult for many Edmontonians dealing with economic challenges, social issues and discrimination.

“I see you and I hear you… I am privileged to lead you to a brighter future with better days to come.”

The mayor-elect promised to “build an Edmonton for all of us”.

Sohi said, “Every single day, I will show up and work hard for you.”

“As a bus driver, councilor, and federal minister, I helped move so many people through this city. But tonight, I am the one who has been shaken by this city.”

On Monday afternoon, before voting closed, he said he hoped Edmontonians would adopt his vision of “Edmonton for all.”

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“Where we can grow our business, have a well-paying middle-class job, where we can protect our environment and leave a better legacy for generations to come; where there is no racism and discrimination in our city.” where we continue to provide quality public services at affordable, low property taxes.”

“If I am given the honor of leading our city, I will, as I have done in the past, work hard to implement that vision.”

Sohi acknowledged that polarization has been a huge issue lately.

“We have seen racism and discrimination. Yes, we have seen that division is being promoted and anger is being promoted. That’s why it’s important that Edmontonians choose someone who can bring them together. Someone who has the skill, ability, experience and collaborative skills to pull us together. “

It is the first time in eight years that Edmonton has received a new mayor.

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Don Iveson announced last November That he will not seek a third term.

Incumbent Mayor Don Iveson issued a statement Monday night congratulating Sohi on being elected as Edmonton’s 36th mayor.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Mayor Sohi, elected as a city councillor, and have always been appreciated and inspired by the hard work he has done for our community.

“I have no doubt that Edmonton will thrive under his leadership,” Iveson said.

Iveson will hand over the role to Sohi at a ceremony on Tuesday at 1 pm.

In his speech, Nickell said that the municipal election was about a “vote for the status quo or a vote for change”.

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