Council Tracker: Mayoral Candidate Edition



With Mayor Nenshi confirming he won't be running for re-election, and three sitting Councillors now declared, the race to become Calgary's new Mayor has gone up several levels in the last few weeks.

As incumbent Councillors, Jeromy Farkas, Jyoti Gondek, and Jeff Davison have a significant edge, including on name recognition and media attention, and our polling from January shows that this will be hard to overcome for anyone else running or considering a run.

That means that the likely top-three candidates in the race will all have spent four years at City Hall already, and luckily for Calgarians (and our team of data nerds!), that means we have four years' worth of voting records to analyze for all three candidates as well!

While all three candidates are currently busy marketing themselves and selling their vision for Calgary's future, our team here at Common Sense Calgary believes that voting records can be just as informative when trying to choose who to support.

Without outside scrutiny and accountability, it's too easy for a candidate to promise you one thing when they knock on your door, and then do the complete opposite for four years as a candidate.

And if a candidate's values haven't aligned with yours over the last four years, what are the chances they will over the next four years, regardless of what they say in their fancy speeches or write in their glossy literature pieces?

That's why we've developed our Council Tracker project, to track exactly what's happening at City Hall.

Shortly, we will be adding complete Council voting records to our website for every sitting Calgary Councillor.

You will be able to go to their page on our site and see exactly how they voted on every single issue that has come before Council in recent years.

We're not kidding, we have literally every vote cast by every Councillor, as well as some really cool data from previous Council terms too.

Today, however, we have a special treat for you - a look at how the three Councillors running for Mayor voted on some of the biggest issues that have come before Council since the 2017 election.

So, without further ado, here is an array of Council votes from 2017-2020 that we think you might find interesting based on the extensive feedback we've received from our online community:



Vote 1 - Continue Olympic Bid

Combined Meeting of Council, November 20th, 2017, Page 44-45 of 47

Moved by Councillor Woolley, Seconded by Councillor Jones





Vote 2 - Hike Corporate Welfare

Regular Meeting of Council, December 18th, 2017, Page 5 of 20

Moved by Councillor Woolley, Seconded by Councillor Farrell





Vote 3 - Freeze Council’s Pay

Regular Meeting of Council, December 17th, 2018, Page 13 of 34

Moved by Councillor Sutherland, Seconded by Councillor Farkas





Vote 4 - Cut Councillor Expenses

Special Meeting of Council, June 10th, 2019, Pages 3 of 11

Moved by Councillor Farkas, Seconded by Councillor Demong





Vote 5 - Cut Council’s Pay & Pensions

Special Meeting of Council, June 10th, 2019, Pages 4 of 11

Moved by Councillor Farkas, Seconded by Councillor Chu





Vote 6 - Taxpayer-Funded Arena

Combined Meeting of Council, July 29th, 2019, Pages 36-39 of 57

Moved by Councillor Davison, Seconded by Councillor Sutherland





Vote 7 - Find $50 Million In Savings

Strategic Meeting of Council, November 12th, 2019, Page 12 of 31

Moved by Councillor Magliocca, Seconded by Councillor Chu





Vote 8 - Cut Corporate Welfare

Strategic Meeting of Council, November 12th, 2019, Page 13 of 31

Moved by Councillor Magliocca, Seconded by Councillor Chu





Vote 9 - Cut PR & Comms Spending

Strategic Meeting of Council, November 12th, 2019, Pages 13-14 of 31

Moved by Councillor Farkas, Seconded by Councillor Chu





Vote 10 - Cut Arts Spending

Strategic Meeting of Council November 12th, 2019, Page 14 of 31

Moved by Councillor Farkas, Seconded by Councillor Chu





Vote 11 - 7.5% Tax Shift

Strategic Meeting of Council, November 12th, 2019, Page 24 of 31

Moved by Councillor Gondek, Seconded by Councillor Colley-Urquhart





Vote 12 - Green Line LRT

Combined Meeting of Council, June 15th, 2020, Pages 6-9 of 40

Moved by Councillor Keating, Seconded by Councillor Carra





Vote 13 - Cap Golden Handshakes

Combined Meeting of Council, November 2nd, 2020, Page 46 of 57

Moved by Councillor Farkas, Seconded by Councillor Chu





Vote 14 - Defund The Police

Combined Meeting of Council, November 2nd, 2020, Page 50 of 57

Moved by Councillor Woolley, Seconded by Councillor Carra





Vote 15 - Speed Limit Reduction

Strategic Meeting of Council, February 1st, 2021, Pages 4-5 of 9

Moved by Councillor Farrell, Seconded by Councillor Davison





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  • Jackie Saby
    commented 2021-06-06 16:40:05 -0600
    Looking at this piece it does apear as if it’s a Farkas marketing column. Although I happen to be one of those who feel that this city council has gone too far in trying to make Calgary “world class”, not everyone feels that way. If I send this link to all of my friends, family and former co-workers, some may simply dismiss it as Farkas propaganda. There really are people who feel it is important for the city to fund art, bike lanes, world class libraries and to push green initiatives. Those who know me already know my position on such things. I hope that as the campaign progresses, Common Sense Calgary tries to balance the coverage. For instance, you chose here to present the votes on certain topics about which you have a strong opinion. Are all of the votes available for every mindless thing the silly (oops, city) council looks at? And not just for the mayoral candidates but also those running for re-election as councillors. You don’t need to feature all of them, but if there is a database that interested people could access on their own that would be helpful.
  • Loretta Leonhardt
    commented 2021-05-24 17:39:19 -0600
    For me this is looking like a one person race. How about keep Jeromy and then see if you can find 2 more worth possible worthy candidates to look at?
  • Andrea Bosse
    followed this page 2021-05-24 08:28:13 -0600
  • Daniel Pomerleau
    commented 2021-05-20 15:44:54 -0600
    You can bet Nenshi will align with Gondek and that just short of the vote they will tell the immigrant community that this is about them against racist whites. Just like Nenshi did in the last election. That ethnic vote in combination with the city workers who will vote with the big spenders she is a slam dunk
  • Sai Wu
    commented 2021-05-20 08:02:14 -0600
    Based on the voting history of the 3 mayoralty candidates, I see 2 clowns NOT worth my vote. They go by the initials of Jeff Davison and Jyoti Gondek.