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No by-election in Kanata North to fill vacancy left by Sudds

A by-election in Ward 4 would have cost the city roughly $350,000.
2018-01-05 Ottawa Council Chambers sideways MV
Ottawa City Council meeting. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

Ottawa City Council has decided it will appoint someone to act as city councillor for Kanata North over the next year, instead of holding a by-election in the ward.

Jenna Sudds was elected Member of Parliament for Kanata-Carleton in September, leaving her council seat vacant.

A by-election in Kanata North could have cost the city roughly $566,676, but it voted Wednesday, October 13, to start the appointment process.

CityNews Ottawa previously reported that there are a couple of people who have already said they'd be willing to step into Sudds' former role until next fall's municipal election.

"I have been approached by community members about that -- a lot of them," Former Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson told CityNews Ottawa. "I've told them, that if they want me to be there and the city agrees, then I'd be willing to do it."

Matt Muirhead was Kanata North's runner-up in the last municipal election in 2018, and he says he would also happily step in as a replacement for Sudds.

"I think there is some legitimacy to calling that democratic, that there are, you know, thousand of people who voted for me and therefore, perhaps, that is the way to go," he says.


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