Monday, November 28, 2011

James Atebe, a Kenyan Native and Mayor of Mission, Canada Loses Re-Election Bid

James Atebe, the current mayor of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, and the first Kenyan native to be elected mayor in Canada, has been defeated in a re-election bid. In elections held last week, Atebe received 2,456 votes, with the winner receiving 3,728 votes.

Atebe is a native of North Mugirango, Kenya. He immigrated to Canada in 1979 and served as mayor of Mission for two terms (2005-2008 and 2008-2011). Prior to that, he served as a member of the city council for 6 years.

He studied at the University of Calgary, where he was a roommate of Steve Harper, the current Canadian Prime Minister.


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