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Don Iveson was elected Edmonton's next mayor on Monday with a decisive victory over his two closest competitors, his former council colleagues Kerry Diotte and Karen Leibovici.
Iveson, 34, acknowledged the loud cheers of his supporters as he stood on the stage at the Matrix Hotel in downtown Edmonton as he repeated aspirational statements that were themes of his campaign.
"Our campaign platform, our promises to you, are based on your imagination, your ambition, your new feeling of hope and optimism in Edmonton," Iveson said. "A more confident swagger for Edmonton."
Iveson, 34, was able to capture 61.88 per cent of the vote to prevail over Leibovici and Diotte.
Leibovici pulled in 19.28 per cent of the vote, while Diotte was in third place with 15.41 per cent of the vote.
First elected to city council in 2007, Iveson takes over from Stephen Mandel, who is stepping down after nine years in the mayor’s chair.
Kerry Diotte conceded the mayoral race to Iveson after coming in third. (Scott Fralick/CBC News)
“Mayor Mandel in a mere nine years raised this city back to where it should have always been,” Iveson told his supporters, adding that he considered Mandel a mentor and a hero to all Edmontonians.
Karen Leibovici conceded the race early on and offered her congratulations to Iveson. Diotte waited a little longer, making his concession speech at 9:45 p.m. MT.
“I know it hurts to lose, but every election is a win for democracy and that’s what really counts," Diotte told his volunteers. "So hold your heads high ... Everyone who contributes to democracy is a winner."
Leibovici's defeat ended a 12-year run on Edmonton city council, which was preceded by time as a Liberal MLA.
Leibovici, who campaigned on her political experience and leadership skills, said she will find some way to serve the community.
"We can spend a lot of time trying to dissect it, but at the end of the day, mayor-elect Iveson is Edmontonians' choice," she said. "And as I said, I will continue to work for the betterment of the city."
When asked if this marked the end of her life in politics, Leibovici responded, "Oh, you never say never."