Edmonton mayoral candidates busy door-knocking in final stretch

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The two frontrunners in Edmonton’s mayoral race were out in the city Saturday holding rallies and door-knocking ahead of Monday’s election.

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Amarjeet Sohi, who was in the Highland neighbourhood, said that in this election Edmontonians have a very important decision to make.

“Two choices have emerged. One choice is of (Mike) Nickel, which is based on division, anger and turning the mayor’s office into a rage machine,” Sohi said. “And the other option is my vision, which is bringing people together, building community and working together to solve sometimes daunting tasks.”

Sohi accused Nickel of picking fights with city council members and staff during his time as councillor.

“C riticizing his opponents and calling them names, making unfounded allegations and everything is seen through that lens of anger and division,” said Sohi.

Meanwhile, Nickel held a rally at his campaign headquarters, 17011 100 Ave., where former Edmonton mayor Bill Smith gave his endorsement to the candidate.

“Mike has my vote and I hope he can count on yours,” said Smith.

Nickel, who had previously ran against Smith in 1998 and in 2001, Nickel called Smith “one of Edmonton’s greatest mayors.”

Kim Krushell said on social media she would be holding a “Women for Edmonton” rally Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Mill Woods Town Centre Mall near the Co-Op Food Store entrance, while Michael Oshry shared via social media that he was being endorsed by local businessman and former Progressive Conservative candidate Chris LaBossiere.

– with files from Keith Gerein

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