Bev Esslinger easily wins Ward 2
Former school trustee could be sole female on city council
Ward 2 candidate Bev Esslinger hopes her hard work pays off.
Photograph by: Larry Wong, EDMONTON JOURNAL
EDMONTON - Bev Esslinger, a former Edmonton public school board trustee and chairwoman, easily beat six other competitors to claim the Ward 2 seat Monday night.
Esslinger was well ahead of runner-up Don Koziak, with 4,553 votes with all 24 polls reporting. Koziak captured 3,316 votes.
“I didn’t do it alone,” she said in a phone interview. “I had such a great group of volunteers and I appreciate all of them. I’m really looking forward to just getting down to work.”
It looked likely that Esslinger would be the only female member of Edmonton city council, based on poll results at 10:20 p.m.
The 55-year-old campaigned on a platform of fiscal responsibility and continued investment in infrastructure for road maintenance, neighbourhood renewal and the completion of the northwest LRT line. Moving the Blatchford Redevelopment forward to ensure it benefits surrounding communities and is a successful green build on the City Centre Airport land is one of her key priorities. She also said she’ll work toward getting the northwest police station built.
This diverse ward of 53,268 eligible voters covers communities north of downtown, including Inglewood, Griesbach and Carlton. The race was left wide open after councillor Kim Krushell, who represented the ward for nine years, chose to retire.
The other candidates were Ted Grand, a businessman and former community league president; Nita Jalkanen, who works in insurance and banking and was a strong opponent of the downtown arena deal; Mustafa Ali, a youth activist and mentor; Koziak, part-owner of The Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre who almost defeated Krushell in 2010; Jason Millar, a trucking company manager and former community league president; and Shelley Tupper, who works in the non-profit sector.
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