Saskatoon City Council

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Saskatoon City Council is the governing body of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The council consists of the mayor and ten councillors representing wards. The current council sits between 2012 and 2016. The last civic election was held on October 24, 2012.[1] Historically, the mayor and councillors were elected to three-year terms; however, the terms will increase to four years as of 2012.[2]

Mayor[edit]

Main article: Don Atchison

Don Atchison is the owner/operator of a longtime men’s clothing store in downtown Saskatoon. He was first elected to Saskatoon's city council as a councillor in 1994 and was re-elected in 1997 & 2000. He was first elected as mayor of Saskatoon in 2003 and re-elected in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

Councillors[edit]

Ward 1[edit]

Darren Hill is the councillor for Ward 1, which is located in Saskatoon's downtown core. He was born in 1968.[3] He is the CEO of Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan and sits on the board of directors.[4][5] Hill was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2009 and 2012.

Hill ran as the Liberal candidate in the district of Saskatoon-Humboldt in the 2011 federal election,[6] but finished a distant third behind Conservative incumbent Brad Trost and the New Democratic Party's (NDP) Denise Kouri.[7] During the campaign, hundreds of his election signs and several of Kouri's were taken.[8] Some were discovered in a dumpster at a construction site.[9]

Ward 2[edit]

Pat Lorje is the councillor for Ward 2, which is located in the south-west corner of the city. She was the councilor of Ward 2 from 1979-1991. She was then a provincial MLA in the riding of Saskatoon Southeast from 1991-2003. She moved to San Francisco for a couple of years after leaving politics. After moving back to Saskatoon, Lorje was again elected to council in 2006 and re-elected in 2009 and 2012.

Ward 3[edit]

Ann Iwanchuk is the councillor for Ward 3, which is in the far south-west side of the city. She was elected to council in a byelection on October 19, 2011. She finished first in a field of six candidates, which included former Ward 3 councillor Rik Steernberg. Iwanchuk is the wife of former Saskatoon Fairview NDP MLA Andy Iwanchuk, whose constituency lay within the ward.[10] The council seat had been vacated unexpectedly when the sitting councillor, Maurice Neault, died of a heart attack on July 13, 2011 at the age of 59.[11] Iwanchuk was re-elected in 2012 in a very close contest with challenger Mike San Miguel, one of the closest votes in the city's history.[12]

Ward 4[edit]

Troy Davies is the councillor in Ward 4, which is on the far west side of the city. He was first elected to city council in 2012, in a close contest with one other candidate, Sean Shaw. Davies took over from long-time councillor Myles Heidt, who retired in 2012.[13]

Ward 5[edit]

Randy Donauer was first elected as councillor in Ward 5 in a by-election held on November 29, 2010. He won a tight race over the second-place candidate, Ainsley Robertson.[14] He replaced Gordon Wyant, who resigned from council on October 20, 2010, after being elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in a by-election.[15] Donauer was re-elected in 2012. In 2013 he announced his intention to run as a candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada in the 2015 federal election,[16] and was chosen as the candidate for Saskatoon West in 2014.[17]

Ward 6[edit]

Charlie Clark is the councillor for Ward 6, which is located in the central east side near the South Saskatchewan River, and includes the University of Saskatchewan. He was elected in 2006, acclaimed in 2009, and re-elected by a wide margin in 2012.

Ward 7[edit]

Mairin Loewen was elected to council on February 9, 2011, in a by-election. She won the seat with about 33% of the vote, defeating favourite Robin Bellamy, a well-known school board trustee. At age 27, she became Saskatoon's youngest person ever elected to council at the time, being five months younger than Ward 9 councillor Tiffany Paulsen at her first election.[18] However, Ward 10 councillor Zach Jeffries soon after became the youngest councillor at age 26 during the 2012 election.[12] Loewen replaced Bob Pringle as councillor for Ward 7, who stepped down on December 31, 2010, due to his appointment as Saskatchewan's children's advocate.[19][20] She was re-elected in 2012.

Ward 8[edit]

Eric Olauson is the councillor for Ward 8, which is near the central east side at the end of the city. He was first elected to city council in 2012, coming first in a field of four candidates. Olauson succeeded Glen Penner, the second-longest serving city councillor in Saskatoon's history, who retired in 2012.[21] He has announced his intention to run as a candidate for the Saskatchewan Party in the 28th Saskatchewan general election.[22]

Ward 9[edit]

Tiffany Paulsen is the councillor for Ward 9, which is in the far south east side of the city. She was first elected to city council in Ward 9 in the 2000 Saskatoon election. At the age of 27, she was the youngest person ever elected to council at the time.[14] She ran again in 2003, and won by acclamation. She was re-elected in 2006, acclaimed in 2009 and re-elected in 2012. Paulsen also ran as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the district of Blackstrap during the 2004 federal election, losing to Conservative incumbent Lynne Yelich.

Ward 10[edit]

Zach Jeffries is the councillor for Ward 10, which is in the northeast side of the city. He was first elected to city council in 2012, defeating three-term incumbent Bev Dubois in a tight race. At the age of 26, Jeffries became the youngest person ever elected to city council.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elections". City of Saskatoon - City Clerk's Office. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Sask. mayors moving to 4-year terms". CBC News. February 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ "About Darren". Liberal Party of Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Ward 1 - Councillor Darren Hill". City of Saskatoon. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Board of Directors - Saskatoon". Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Darren Hill - Candidate for Saskatoon-Humboldt". Liberal Party of Canada. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  7. ^ "Saskatoon - Humboldt". Canada Votes. CBC News. May 2, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  8. ^ "Election signs taken". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. April 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  9. ^ French, Janet (May 2, 2011). "Missing election signs update". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  10. ^ Warren, Jeremy (October 20, 2011). "Iwanchuk wins Ward 3 byelection". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  11. ^ "Saskatoon Coun. Moe Neault dies". CBC News. July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  12. ^ a b c Hamilton, Charles (October 25, 2012). "Wards marked by tight races". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  13. ^ Hutton, David (April 16, 2012). "Heidt steps down after 18 years". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  14. ^ a b Hutton, David (November 29, 2010). "Randy Donauer wins Ward 5 byelection". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  15. ^ Hutton, David (October 21, 2010). "Ward 5 byelection to be set for November 29". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  16. ^ "Coun. Randy Donauer plans federal bid". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  17. ^ Biber, François (2014-07-24). "Saskatoon councillor eyes seat in federal politics". News Talk 650 CKOM (Rawlco Communications). Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  18. ^ Hutton, David (February 11, 2011). "Youth Loewen's big asset". The StarPhoenix. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  19. ^ Hutton, David (November 6, 2010). "Pringle to step down". The StarPhoenix. CanWest. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  20. ^ Carr, Chris (January 2, 2011). "Bob Pringle officially resigns as Saskatoon councillor". News Talk 650. Rawlco Radio. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  21. ^ Hutton, David (April 2, 2012). "Long-serving Saskatoon city councillor Penner to retire from politics". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  22. ^ "Olauson bids for Sask Party nomination". The StarPhoenix (Postmedia Network). 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 

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