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Old 15-05-2007, 12:42 PM   #1
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Cavanagh won’t run again
Oldest member of city councillor served as mayor twice


Susan Ruttan, edmontonjournal.com
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Coun. Terry Cavanagh, the oldest member of Edmonton city council, has announced he won't run again.

Cavanagh, who will be 81 in July, said he's making the announcement now to give potential candidates time to organize campaigns to fill his vacant seat in Ward 6, which is southeast Edmonton.

Cavanagh was first elected to council in 1971. In November 1975 he was chosen by his fellow councillors to serve as mayor when the elected mayor, Bill Hawrelak, died of a heart attack. Two years later, Cavanagh ran for mayor but lost.

In 1980, he lost a race for a council seat, but his wife June won a seat on council. Terry Cavanagh returned to council in 1983. In October 1988, he was again chosen by his fellow councillors to act as mayor, when Laurence Decore left to lead the provincial Liberal party. Once again, he failed to win the subsequent mayoral election.

Cavanagh returned as a councillor in 1983 and has served continuously since then. Altogether, he has served 27 years on council, three years less than Coun. Ron Hayter.

sruttan@thejournal.canwest.com

Civic affairs writer Susan Ruttan will have a full report in Wednesday's Journal.

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Thank goodness.
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So, anyone going to step up to Ward 6???
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So, anyone going to step up to Ward 6???
Not that I have heard...Ward 2 is another story.
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Old 16-05-2007, 12:19 AM   #6
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Terry,

Thanks for everything you're done for us in Edmonton. We wish you well in your retirement.
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Old 16-05-2007, 12:20 AM   #7
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Terry,

Thanks for everything you're done for us in Edmonton. We wish you well in your retirement.
^ Classy!
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Old 16-05-2007, 12:34 AM   #8
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About time for a change.
I'm not a fan of professional politicians, and he certainly was one.
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Old 16-05-2007, 02:29 PM   #9
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About time for a change.
I'm not a fan of professional politicians, and he certainly was one.
Politician yes. Professional isn't the first word that came to my mind. Ineffective. Nonentity. Flip flopper, I guess booster Bill had that handle. Lets hope some new rising star can fill his seat.
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Old 16-05-2007, 02:59 PM   #10
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The phrase is "career politician". A lot of them don't know when it's time to quit (ie. Bill Smith, Ralph Klein, Jean Chretian). At least Michael Phair knows when the time is right to hang it up.


The rising star is Chinwe Okelu.

In the 2004 election he was one of the favorites to un-seat Terry Cavanagh. However Cavanagh squeked out a victory by under 2000 votes over Okelu.

http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:...lnk&cd=1&gl=ca

I am not associated with Okelu (I don't even live in his ward) but he seems to have great credentials to be a concillor...

http://www.okelu2007.org/chinwe/index.php
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Old 17-05-2007, 10:48 PM   #11
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The phrase is "career politician". A lot of them don't know when it's time to quit (ie. Bill Smith, Ralph Klein, Jean Chretian). At least Michael Phair knows when the time is right to hang it up. The rising star is Chinwe Okelu. In the 2004 election he was one of the favorites to un-seat Terry Cavanagh. However Cavanagh squeked out a victory by under 2000 votes over Okelu. I am not associated with Okelu (I don't even live in his ward) but he seems to have great credentials to be a concillor...http://www.okelu2007.org/chinwe/index.php
Not much of a profile - does he actually have a profession or even work, what type of work if any does he do for a living??? Being involved in the "community" is rather meaningless information...
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