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The purple revolution reigned supreme in Calgary’s civic contest Monday night
Striking a chord with Calgarians tired of a divided city council plagued by unpopular decisions, Naheed Nenshi rode a surge of momentum and social media to become Calgary’s 36th mayor.
“The Purple Army was never about winning an election,” Nenshi told his supporters, most of whom donned the campaign’s official colour at campaign headquarters Monday night.
“It was about revitalizing the public conversation in the city,” said the new mayor, who profusely thanked Calgarians for their support.
“Thank you for your willingness to have a conversation.”
Nenshi, a perceived underdog, had the biggest momentum of all the candidates.
He started polling with 8% support, he doubled that and got 16% and then climbed to 30% barely two weeks before the election, putting him in a dead heat with rivals Ric McIver and Barb Higgins.
The winning candidate also thanked his rivals, especially Ric McIver
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Calgary’s new mayor Naheed Nenshi was a political outsider until a few months ago.
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