Nenshi back as Calgary Mayor

By The Canadian Press
October 17, 2017 - 7:00am

CALGARY —  Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi  has handily won a third term after a bitter and divisive campaign during which his at-times prickly personality was a focus.

    His main challenger, former Progressive Conservative Party president Bill Smith, conceded early this morning.

    With most polls reporting, Nenshi had nearly 51 per cent of the vote, with Smith garnering around 44 per cent.

    That's not as strong as his showing in the 2013 election, when he won 73 per cent of the vote.

    Nenshi admits the election campaign has created division in the city but he hopes they're not long-lasting.

    However, he doesn't intend to soften his demeanour, saying he will still be scrappy and fight for people.

    Smith says Calgarians need to get behind Nenshi and says he will put the tensions during the race aside.

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