The votes have been counted and Calgarians have chosen Jyoti Gondek as mayor-elect. (Photo: Dylan LeDuke) Credit: Dylan LeDuke

This update marks the conclusion of the Calgary Journal’s live coverage of the civic election, with mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek securing a decisive victory. Whenever you joined from, we thank you for tuning in!

If you wish to stay updated on current Ward, school board and referendum numbers, live results can be located through Elections Calgary at: https://www.calgary.ca/election/results/2021-results.html


Update: We check in once again with Calgary Journal reporters Gabrielle Pyska and Dylan LeDuke from Jyoti Gondek’s campaign HQ, as Pyska asks Calgary’s mayor-elect about the future of female leadership in the city.


Robson Fletcher provides some humour as Calgarians elect their first female mayor.


“Calgarians can rest easy knowing that I am up to the challenge,” said Jyoti Gondek, Calgary’s new mayor-elect.

She notes her first order of business will be declaring a climate emergency.

Mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek delivers her victory speech. (Photo: Dylan LeDuke)

More reactions to Gondek’s victory from across Twitter.


Update: We check in once again with Calgary Journal reporters Gabrielle Pyska and Dylan LeDuke from Jyoti Gondek’s campaign HQ following her victory speech.


Update: Calgarians have voted in favour of fluoridation in the municipal water supply. However, this plebiscite is non-binding and will be decided by city council at a later date.

Calgary civic election results – fluoride plebiscite as of 10:21 p.m. Courtesy of Elections Calgary.

After a contentious past three years for city council, Gondek pledged to work with her new colleagues.

“Your new council will pull together around a common vision,” she said. “As your mayor I will lead with courage, with conviction and with humility.”

Mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.JYOTIGONDEK.CA)

Former mayor Naheed Nenshi congratulates his successor as Jyoti Gondek is announced as mayor-elect.


A close race in Ward 5 has officially been called, with Raj Dhaliwal squeezing out a victory at 28 per cent of the vote.


In Ward 13, Dan McLean has secured a sizable victory over incumbent Diane Marie Colley-Urquhart, Calgary’s longest serving councillor.


Update: Incumbent Sean Chu has retaken the lead in Ward 4.

Calgary civic election results – Ward 4 as of 9:46 p.m. Courtesy of Elections Calgary.

Mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek takes to Twitter to thank Calgarians following her dominant victory.


Update: We check in once again with Calgary Journal reporters Gabrielle Pyska and Dylan LeDuke from Jyoti Gondek’s campaign HQ as they speak with Gondek’s campaign manager Stephen Carter.

Calgary Journal reporter Gabrielle Pyska speaks with Jyoti Gondek’s campaign manager Stephen Carter. (Photo: Dylan LeDuke)

Across the province, CBC Edmonton and CTV Edmonton declare Amarjeet Sohi Edmonton’s next mayor.


Update: We check in once again with Calgary Journal reporters Gabrielle Pyska and Dylan LeDuke from Jyoti Gondek’s campaign HQ.


Mayoral candidate Jeff Davison concedes his campaign. He will speak momentarily.


Mayoral runner-up Jeromy Farkas speaks to his campaign, thanking his voters and congratulating mayor-elect Gondek after her victory.


Update: We check in once more with Calgary Journal reporters Gabrielle Pyska and Dylan LeDuke from Jyoti Gondek’s campaign HQ. Pyska is on the scene as Gondek is announced as mayor-elect.


CBC and CTV News have declared Jyoti Gondek Calgary’s mayor-elect.

Calgary civic election results – Mayor as of 8:57 p.m. Courtesy of Elections Calgary.

Update: We check in once more with Calgary Journal reporters Gabrielle Pyska and Dylan LeDuke from Jyoti Gondek’s campaign HQ. Here are some photos from the floor courtesy of LeDuke.


Early results for Ward 4 have arrived. DJ Kelly has a small lead over incumbent Sean Chu. Chu has garnered quite a bit of controversy surrounding a recent release of misconduct allegations during his time as a police officer.

Calgary civic election results – Ward 4 as of 8:50 p.m. Courtesy of Elections Calgary.

The first mayoral results are beginning to pour in. Jyoti Gondek has secured 45 per cent of the vote so far. Jeromy Farkas and Jeff Davison are polling at second and third respectively.

Calgary civic election results – Mayor as of 8:40 p.m. Courtesy of Elections Calgary.

Calgary Journal reporters Gabrielle Pyska and Dylan LeDuke are live from Jyoti Gondek’s campaign HQ. We will be following their updates throughout the night. Here are some of their highlights so far:

Live from inside Jyoti Gondek’s HQ (Photo: Dylan LeDuke)

It is important to note that not every question on the ballot will be announced tonight.

Both the equalization and daylight savings time referendums will be released on Oct. 26. The non-binding fluoride question will also be decided by city council at a later date.


Jason Herring notes the issues surrounding the tabulators at some voting stations tonight.


As polls close, Twitter user Ken Lima-Coelho thanks Naheed Nenshi for his three terms and 11 years of service as Calgary’s mayor.


The 8:00 p.m. deadline has officially passed and voting stations have now closed across the city. Those waiting in line will still be able to cast their ballots. Stations will begin counting and early results will begin to trickle out within the next hour.


A reminder that Village Ice Cream in Victoria Park is offering a free scoop of ice cream to those who show their “I Voted” sticker.


Elections Alberta apologizes following a response made earlier this evening. The original reply is attached below.

Elections Alberta apologizes following an allegedly bias response on their social media.

Twitter user Joey Oberhoffner reminds voters if they remain in line as polls close, they can still have their vote counted after the polls have closed.


According to Elections Calgary, a record 141,329 advance votes were cast in the city between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10. This figure is nearly twice what was recorded in 2017, when 74,965 Calgarians cast their ballot early.

Voter information from inside a Ward 1 voting station. Oct. 18. 2021.

Hello and welcome to the Calgary Journal’s live blog coverage of Calgary’s civic election. I’m Eric Tanner, and we’ll be updating you with the latest results, upsets and commentary as the polls close at 8:00 p.m.

Ward 1 voting station on the day of the civic election. Oct. 18. 2021.

Republish our articles for free under a Creative Commons license.

Elections editor and reporter for the Calgary Journal.

One reply on “Vote 2021: Election liveblog”

Comments are closed.