The Basics: Don Iveson is the 35th Mayor of the City of Edmonton. He was first elected to Edmonton City Council is 2007 as a Councillor. After serving two terms, he ran for Mayor in the 2013 election. He was elected with 62% of the vote, and was re-elected in 2017 with 74% of the vote.
Background: Iveson studied political science at the University of Alberta, and served as the managing editor of the student newspaper. He later served as the President of the Canadian University Press, and as Advocacy Director with the University of Alberta Student Union.
Things You (Really) Should Know: The City of Edmonton recently re-negotiated its relationship with the Province of Alberta, and was granted a City Charter. A similar Charter was passed for the City of Calgary. The Charter does not include the word "mayor" or make any changes to the role or power of the mayor.
Fun Fact: Iveson is featured in the book Mayors Gone Bad, which profiles some of Canada's most notorious and scandalous mayors - but in the sole chapter on "good" mayors. The author refers to Iveson, along with Naheed Nenshi and Gregor Robertson, as the "Western Triangle of Mayoral Goodness."