Ted Knudtson withdraws from 2021 Calgary municipal election

I am announcing my intention to withdraw from the Ward 8 City Council race in the 2021 Calgary election. I entered the election committed to serving the people of Ward 8 and Calgary, and wanting to ensure they had an authentic, community-focussed, progressive option at the polls.

Since that time, other credible, progressive candidates have also thrown their hats in the ring, joining a field that has swollen to nine contenders. I have come to know these other candidates and, given the similarity of our platforms, I have realized the best way for me to serve my community in this election is to narrow the field to prevent the potential of vote splitting in the ward.

I hope all candidates, regardless of political stripe, can find the courage to tackle complex issues such as harm reduction, development policy (including density bonusing), and the downtown tax shift with nuance and open-mindedness.

To my supporters and volunteers, I thank you for your tremendous support and dedication, and I apologize for any disappointment this decision may cause. The failures of our campaign are mine alone; our successes were all you! You are, one and all, talented and passionate community advocates, and properly supported I believe there is nothing you could not accomplish.

To my donors, I thank you for your faith in me, and I commit to refunding as much of your donated funds as possible (less campaign expenditures to date) so that you can direct them to the candidate of your choice.

To all those who nominated me to run for your council seat, your belief in me means so much, and is a reflection of our shared values of community, authenticity, and kindness.

To Calgary’s voters, I encourage you to look beyond the photo-ops, aspirational videos, and campaign fanfare to instead assess the integrity, authenticity, and values of candidates. The skills required to campaign effectively are not those required to govern wisely – don’t vote for the best campaigner, vote for the best person.

I pledge to continue serving my community as I have always done, and I encourage everyone to find their own paths to do the same – there are so many ways to make a difference. I wish you all health, happiness, and the brightest of futures. Onward!

Ted Knudtson