The weather in Edmonton may be erratic, but the race for a seat on Edmonton’s city council is starting to heat up.
Realtor and businessman Vishal Luthra announced his intention yesterday to run for the Ward 11 seat in the October election.
“Today is a very exciting day for all my friends and family and the residents of Ward 11,” said the 32-year-old from India. “I’m running for city council because I want to represent their interests and do the best job possible.”
Luthra moved to Edmonton as a teenager in 1993 and graduated from NAIT with a diploma in business administration. He then joined the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves) Military Police and was deployed on a NATO mission in 2003.
Upon coming home, Luthra became a realtor and has been practising ever since.
“Edmonton is a beautiful place,” Luthra said. “It’s given us so much opportunity, and I believe in service and giving back to the community because I think it’s the greatest thing that I can do at a municipal level.”
CBC News Online is reporting former Edmonton Sun columnist Kerry Diotte has announced he will challenge Luthra in Ward 11.
Diotte is suing the Sun for $2.28 million after a dispute with management.
He said his experience in journalism will help him serve the residents of the ward.