This is the final list of nominated mayoral, council, public and separate school division candidates for the 2020 Saskatoon Civic Election:
Charlie Clark (incumbent)
Clark’s campaign is expected to focus on defending his record over the past 4 years, such as property taxes (this year’s increase being the lowest in a decade), the hiring of a new police chief, and the opening of large projects like the Remai Modern and the Chief Mistawasis Bridge and new Traffic Bridge.
The former Saskatchewan Party cabinet minister has not been shy out of the gate in criticizing Clark as being too “passive,” and has so far focused heavily on crime and safety, property taxes and affordability.
This is the self-employed planner’s first entry into politics, who has released a platform that in part questions the city’s plans to fund projects such as a new library in the middle of a pandemic, and rather focus on repairing sidewalks, more private development, and more infill development along 20th St and Pleasant Hill.
A self-described “advocate for justice” and entrepreneur, Zielke previously ran for Ward 2 in the 2016 civic election, finishing third. He has criticized city council for high property tax increases and Clark and current council for “inaction” and imposing punitive fees for businesses, including pot shops.
A former Clark supporter, the civil engineer has been vocal about consistently high property taxes and unwise spending, and calling for “smart budgeting” and a property tax freeze. He has previously run as the Saskatchewan NDP candidate in Saskatoon Southeast in the 2011 provincial election.
Saskatoon’s longest-serving mayor (2003 to 2016), narrowly defeated by Clark in 2016, confirmed speculation and announced on Aug 28th that he is running again.
Darren Hill (incumbent)
Hilary Gough (incumbent)
(Current Councillor Ann Iwanchuk is not seeking re-election)
Troy Davies (incumbent) (acclaimed)
Randy Donauer (incumbent)
Cynthia Block (incumbent)
Mairin Loewen (incumbent)
Sarina Gersher (incumbent)
Bev Dubois (incumbent)
Zach Jeffries (incumbent)
Public School Board Trustee
Ward 1 – Michael Pidwerbeski (acclaimed)
Ward 2 – Vernon J. Linklater, Ciprian (Chip) Prevost
Ward 3 – Donna Banks (acclaimed)
Ward 4 – Cameron Scott, Kim Stranden
Ward 5 – Colleen MacPherson (acclaimed)
Ward 6 – Kathleen Brannen, Gale Hagblom
Ward 7 – Ross Tait (acclaimed)
Ward 8 – Malvina Rapko, Suzanne Zwarych
Ward 9 – Charmaine Bellamy, Fatima Coovadia
Ward 10 – Angela Arneson, Asim Rashid, Jennie Vessey
Separate School Board Trustee
Seven at-large trustees to be elected
Ron Boechler (incumbent)
Diane Boyko (incumbent)
Jim Carriere (incumbent)
Dana A. Case
Tim Jelinski (incumbent)
Deb Scherbanuik Malasky
Sharon Zakreski-Werbicki (incumbent)