The two candidates in Ward 4 - incumbant Ed Gibbons, at left, and Sam Hachem - during an all-candidates forum earlier in the campaign.
Photograph by: Shaughn Butts, Edmonton Journal
EDMONTON - Ed Gibbons galloped toward a fifth term on city council Monday night.
The Ward 4 incumbent held a significant lead once polls started reporting, staying well ahead his sole competitor, Sam Hachem.
At 10:20 p.m., all 23 polls reporting showed Gibbons winning with 75.12 per cent of the vote.
“I’m feeling great,” Gibbons said over the phone from his campaign headquarters. “Everybody here is having fun and everybody here is happy.
“There are people out there that want change, but the biggest majority was saying, ‘You know what, you’ve done so much, we’re with you.’ ”
Gibbons said his first plan of attack is to find out “what the new council and new mayor is all about.”
He was confident before the polls closed that he would be re-elected, citing years of hard work and experience as factors. Gibbons also attributed the landslide win to his campaign team, which knocked on about 12,000 doors before the election.
Ward 4 stretches across northeast Edmonton and includes the communities of Clareview, Belvedere and Evergreen mobile park, including rural areas and industrial sites such as the waste management centre in Clover Bar. It is one of two Edmonton districts with only two candidates competing for the seat.
Residents seemed comfortable with their current councillor’s longtime reign earlier in the afternoon. Voters that trickled into the Belvedere Community League voting station, 13223 62nd St., felt compelled to go with a familiar face.
Gibbons’ key issue involves maintaining the ward as a family- and business-friendly area. He has helped to start the upgrade and building of the Clareview Recreation Centre, and is an advocate for the redevelopment of Fort Road, Alberta Avenue and Belvedere business zones.
As for whether a sixth term is in the future for Gibbons, he said that decision is still up in the air.
“Everyone here is telling me not to throw one darn sign away,” he said, laughing. “We’ll see what happens in four years.”
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