JNN 25 Oct 2013 Toronto : Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has won re-election for a four-year term in office, after becoming the first Muslim elected to the post in a major North American city three years ago.
Official reports showed that 41-year-old Nenshi easily won a second term with 74 percent of the vote in Monday’s civil election in Calgary.
“The secret of our success in this community is very simple. We’ve learned a basic truth that evades so many in this broken world,” Nenshi said during his victory speech, adding that “We’re all in it together. Our neighbor’s pain is our pain; our neighbor’s success is our success.”
The incumbent mayor effortlessly beat out eight opponents, including a former provincial cabinet minister, a marijuana advocate and an anti-abortion activist.
Nenshi’s primary issues incorporated a desire to increase population density in the downtown core versus suburban areas, which have recently rewarded the homebuilder lobby group.
“We’ll continue to build even better government. My 20,000 colleagues proved something this summer – they proved how lucky we are to live in a city where public service works,” Nenshi added.
The Harvard graduate has received national attention and been praised for his handling of the devastating floods that hit Calgary’s 1.1 million population in June. More than 100,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in the city and the surrounding areas.
Calgary voters also re-elected most of the incumbents to city council.
Due to a change in provincial law, winners of this year’s municipal elections will serve a four-year term, a year longer than the previous term.
Nenshi was born in Toronto, Ontario, and raised in Calgary, Alberta.His parents, Noorjah and Kurban, were South-Asian-origin immigrants to Canada fromTanzania, and he has a sister
He was educated at the University of Calgary, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce in 1993, and completed a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1998. Nenshi worked for McKinsey & Company for several years before starting his own consulting firm ‘Ascend Group’ which advised non-profit, private and public sector organizations to grow. The firm also advised the United Nations on ways to encourage wealthy corporations to engage in Corporate Citizenship