Council veteran Chabot ready for new adventure
Weekend, October 27-29, 2017 Ex-councillor looks back on last 13 years, mayoral bid
For the first time in 13 years, Andre Chabot’s mind isn’t burdened with the thoughts of what needs attending to in his ward.
“Even when I’m spending time with the kids — my brain is still going 100 miles an hour thinking about my duties as a councillor.”
Chabot was the third-place finisher in one of the most divisive municipal elections campaigns the city has seen in years.
Speaking to Metro on election night, Chabot was upset, and said he had thought Calgarians “would fight for what’s right.”
With more than a week to reflect since the loss, he says he was caught up in the heat of the moment, comparing it to the minutes after losing a hockey game. (He still plays beer-league hockey in the winter.)
“In hindsight, I’m very thankful and appreciative of those 11-plus thousand people who supported me, and the support from residents of Ward 10 in the past 13 years,” he said.
In the city’s move to redraw ward boundaries and rebalance ward populations before the election, Chabot’s ward was the hardest hit. Ward 5 Coun. Ray Jones chose to run in the new Ward 10, and since it encompassed much of his old ward, Chabot made the decision to run for mayor.
Although he could say he had more council experience than the incumbent or second place finisher, Bill Smith, Chabot’s campaign didn’t take off like he had hoped.
Looking back at his time as councillor, he said he’s probably most proud of the thousands of little things he attended to as calls came in to his office.
There were a lot of deficiencies — small mundane things,” said Chabot. “Crosswalk lights here, curb cuts there.”
The one major project that does stand out in his mind is the redevelopment of International Avenue — a project that’s now well underway.
Chabot’s now winding down what was his eighth municipal campaign — collecting signs to put them into storage, and tying up loose ends.
He’s not sure where to go from here, but he said he’s already had a few calls he needs to follow up on.
“I’ve got a wealth of knowledge,” said Chabot. “The question is — what do I do with that knowledge? At this point — all options are open.”
He said he’s open to a provincial or a federal run, or possibly taking his skills to the private sector.
It’s time he’s now glad to have back.
“I’ve missed so many birthdays over the years,” he said. “It will be nice to attend all of the birthdays — and not worry so much about what I’m falling behind on at work.”
it will be nice to attend all of the birthdays — and not worry so much about what i’m falling behind on at work.