2021 municipal election breakdown: Ward 13

One of few wards with an incumbent candidate running again, residents of Ward 13 have a lot to consider this election. Tara Overholt reports.

CALGARY – Sixteen communities make up the southwest district of Ward 13.

Divided by Fish Creek Provincial Park and bordered by the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Rockies to the West, over 90,000 people call Ward 13 home.

It is also home to one of the longest-standing councillors: Dianne Colley-Urquhart.


“Incumbency, especially in Calgary, tends to be a huge advantage,” says political scientist Lori Williams, however perhaps not this year.

“It’s not just transparency and accountability, but effectiveness and how well you work with others on council that might be issues for incumbents. I think Colley-Urquhart might be more vulnerable than in previous elections.”

Recent polling from Common Sense Calgary has Colley-Urquhart in a distant third choice among voters in the ward.

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Dan McLean is in first with over half of decided voters finding him the most attractive option, and Jay Unsworth is in second, capturing 27 per cent.

Colley-Urquhart was first elected back in 2000.

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