Stephen Mandel, Mayor of Edmonton

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Stephen Mandel
Mayor of Edmonton, Canada

10 March 2008: Stephen Mandel was born in 1945 and educated at Lincoln College, Illinois (Associate’s Degree) and Miami University (B.S. Business Administration) in the US. He then received a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Windsor, Ontario. He moved from Windsor to Edmonton, Alberta in 1972. Prior to his public service career, Mandel worked in the private sector for over 30 years. He headed the Mandel Group, which held interests in construction, development and leisure management. Mandel was also noted for his voluntary work with local Jewish charities. On 18 October 2010, Stephen Mandel was re-elected to a third term.

How good is Mayor Stphen Mandel?

In 2001 Mandel was elected to Edmonton City Council as one of 12 councillors. He then unseated three-term incumbent mayor Bill Smith in the 2004 mayoral race, taking over 40% of the vote against his two opponents. Mandel fought the race on “making Edmonton a capital city again”, acknowledging local concern that the former ‘oil capital’ had slipped behind Calgary as the economic hub of the Alberta province, and by pledging a more collegiate approach to working with the city council than his predecessor.

Since becoming mayor in 2004, Mandel has sought to re-establish Edmonton as the provincial capital through initiatives such as the Port Alberta air-rail-road hub. He has also not been afraid to wade into the row between the province’s government and its municipalities over funding and is promoting a new city regional authority to coordinate government services across the wider Edmonton region in the province.

Mandel is married to wife Lynn, with whom he has two children. He is a member of the city’s Reform Judaism congregation Temple Beth Ora.

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