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Municipal election nomination bids close in a week

Two wards are uncontested, four incumbents are stepping down, and the mayoral race seems one sided according to analysts.
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Ottawa City Hall, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

Four wards will be seeing new faces, while two wards may go to the incumbent councillors with zero resistance. Meanwhile the mayoral race isn't that interesting according to analysts.

"The problem with the mayor's race is, first of all it's going to be boring, there isn't a race... Jim Watson will probably get 90% (of the vote)," said Rainer Bloess, former Councillor for Innes Ward. 

Incumbent Mayor Jim Watson has six other people running against him in the mayoral race, however he is the most likely to win.

Four wards are guaranteed to see fresh faces as the incumbent councillors will be stepping down; Bob Monette of Orléans Ward, Marianne Wilkinson of Kanata North Ward, Mark Taylor of Bay Ward, and Jody Mitic of Innes Ward. 

Eight candidates have flooded Orléans Ward following the Monette's announcement that he will not be running in the 2018 municipal election.

"Kanata North I think is an interesting race, you have strong candidates there," said Bloess.

"Bay ward is like a clean slate now and one of the interesting twists that I think is going to happen is that the provincial election that we just went through which sort of put the municipal campaigns on hold has changed things. There are new provincial representatives who may be throwing their volunteers to certain candidates that may not have had a chance before," he added. 

Incumbent Shad Qadri and Glen Gower go head to head in Stittsville ward. Gower is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Iceberg Networks, an Ottawa-based company. Meanwhile, Qadri has been councillor of Stittsville Ward since 2006.

In Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward, Peter Heyck takes on incumbent Tobi Nussbaum in a head to head battle.

"I think that far too many of the current incumbent councillors, while they have good intentions, may be there for the wrong reasons today or they've been there too long," said Maria McRae, former Councillor for River Ward.

"This is about public service, it's not about a job. It's not about 'I can't find another position somewhere else' or 'I need my pension' or whatever it is. This needs to be about public service," she added. 

Candidates have until 2 p.m., July 27 to file their nomination paper.

A candidate who wishes to withdraw their nomination has until 2 p.m., July 27 to notify the clerk by filing a written withdrawl.

Incumbent Michael Qaqish remains uncontested in Gloucester-South Nepean Ward. Tim Tierney, incumbent councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville, also remains uncontested.

"In the case of Tim Tierney, he has been a very strong councillor. He has been a very good ward councillor. I hear from a lot of people who are happy with his advocacy and how he follows up with issues," said McRae.

If no challengers put their name forth in those two wards before July 26, then the incumbent councillors will win the race by default.

Election day is October 22.

A full list of nominated candidates can be found here

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