Ward 5 coun­cil­lor Oshry won’t seek re-elec­tion

Busi­ness­man served one term af­ter win­ning West Ed­mon­ton race in 2013

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

Ward 5 Coun. Michael Oshry an­nounced on so­cial me­dia Wed­nes­day he will not run for another term on city coun­cil.

The lo­cal busi­ness­man, who has served one term in of­fice, won a tight race in the 2013 civic elec­tion, where nine can­di­dates were vy­ing for the West Ed­mon­ton coun­cil seat left open by may­oral hope­ful Karen Lei­bovici.

Oshry won by 628 votes, earn­ing 5,433 votes to clos­est com­peti­tor Jim Gib­bon’s 4,805 votes.

Since the elec­tion, Oshry has rep­re­sented the city on a num­ber of com­mit­tees and boards in­clud­ing North­lands and the Ed­mon­ton Po­lice Com­mis­sion.

In March 2015, Oshry spear­headed the re­moval of the City of Cham­pi­ons slo­gan from six of seven large wooden high­way en­trance signs.

On Tues­day, Coun. Tony Ca­te­rina called for a re­in­state­ment of the phrase, say­ing he’s re­ceived about a dozen calls from peo­ple in the last two weeks who want to bring the slo­gan back.

In March, six-term coun­cil­lor Bryan An­der­son an­nounced he will not run for city coun­cil again, leav­ing the race open in the Ter­wil­le­gar-River­bend area. An­der­son has rep­re­sented what is now called Ward 9 since 1998.

In April, Ward 4 Coun. Ed Gib­bons an­nounced he will not stand for re-elec­tion. He was first elected to city coun­cil in 2001.

The 2017 elec­tion is sched­uled for Oct. 16.

Nom­i­na­tion day is Sept. 18.

Michael Oshry

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