Ready to get your vote on?

Take one soon to be vacant mayoral seat and stir in a former local television news anchor, add a seasoned municipal politician and pour in a well educated political scientist and you have the recipe for one hell of a tasty mayoral election.
Journalist Barb Higgins, experienced alderman Ric McIver and Harvard educated Naheed Nenshi have separated themselves from the rest of the 15 mayoral candidates as the October 18 vote nears. In recent days all three have picked up endoresments from various dropouts, who have chosen to admit defeat.
The latest polls have the three front runners locked in a dead heat as the race heads into the final weekend of campaigning.

I, like all the Herald’s photojournalists, have been to numerous election events over the last few weeks and my path has crossed with those of the three mayoral favourites from time to time. Personally, and as if anyone was interested, I’m still not completely decided on who’s getting my checkmark. However, I’ll have to have it figured out by Monday morning as I’ve asked to be a part of the Calgary Herald’s election team later that evening.Originally the day had been allocated as a day off, but I sometimes enjoy being around for nights like this one promises to be – as stressful and deadline pushing as it will likely turn out to be.

A former political science student, and a sucker for history, I admit it’s difficult resisting the opportunity to be in the kitchen when the election pot finally boils over.Images from top:
– An advance voting poll opens at city hall Wednesday, October 6, 2010.
– Calgary mayoral candidate Barb Higgins and Bob Hawkesworth share a laugh at Higgins’ campaign headquarters Wednesday, October 13, 2010. Hawkesworth officially endorsed Higgins’ campaign after withdrawing himself from the mayoral race.
– Calgary mayoral candidate Ric McIver speaks on radio station QR77 Thursday, October 14, 2010.
– Calgary mayoral candidate Naheed Nenshi takes part in a ‘speed dating’ event at Mount Royal University Thursday, October 7, 2010.

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