It looks like once again Calgary can look forward to a sea of purple in 2013. Mayor Naheed Nenshi has held off on making any comments on whether or not he’ll run again until this afternoon’s press conference. However, an image on the www.nenshi.ca website, which has since been taken down, shows a ‘Nenshi for 2013′ banner.
Mayor Nenshi was elected on Oct. 18, 2010, and is entering his last year of his three-year term as mayor. If re-elected, he’ll serve until 2015.
UPDATE 1:43 PM: In a video for volunteers on his website, that can be found here, Mayor Nenshi has confirmed that he will be running for a second term.
UPDATE 2:10 PM: Nenshi tweeted from his @Nenshi account a confirmation that he will be running again, as well as a link to his website that provides a statement with more detail on his decision to run, excerpted here:
On October 18, 2010, you gave me an amazing opportunity: the chance to serve as your Mayor. Thank you. I’ve worked hard throughout my term to help us achieve our goal of creating that better Calgary we all want and need.
But there is still much more to do.
After speaking with friends, family, and–most important–you, the people of Calgary, I have decided to put my name forward for re-election in 2013.
I’m in! I’m in with everything I’ve got.
I love this city. If possible, I love it even more than I did before I was elected. And I want to work with you to make it even better.
To my supporters: thank you so much for being leaders in your community and helping me with the important task of making Calgary better. I still need your help, so please consider clicking on the buttons below to give your time or money to support this campaign.
This doesn’t mean we’ll move into election mode now. I’ve never been a fan of endless and expensive election campaigns. There is still a year to go in my mandate, and I will continue to put all my energy toward serving the citizens of Calgary.
I look forward to having a great discussion with all of you about how, together, we can achieve our vision for the future of this great city.
Naheed K. Nenshi