While the city website was replete with glitches and agonizingly slow in posting results due to unknown technical difficulties, Nenshi’s main challenger, Bill Smith, conceded just before midnight.
Speaking to jubilant campaign supporters, Nenshi — who made history in 2010 when he was elected as North America’s first Muslim big city mayor — said the election had been a hard, sometimes divisive, campaign, but tonight was “a great victory.”
“You’ve given me once again an extraordinary gift and that gift is your trust and I promise you I will never, never break that trust,” said Nenshi.
“This campaign has also showed us that we as a city are not as united as we may have thought. There are many different points of view in how we move forward and the best part of city council is that we get to leave our ideology at the door and we get to roll up our sleeves and get the job done for Calgarians. And we will.”
Source: Calgary Herald
CBC News Calgary: Nenshi re-elected as Calgary’s mayor as all 10 incumbent councillors keep their seats – Election night marred by long voter lineups, ballot shortages and technical difficulties in getting results
Global News Canada: Naheed Nenshi holds on to mayor’s seat in 2017 Calgary election – Nenshi’s victory comes after an election campaign that political analysts said was particularly divisive.