Bob Chiarelli, Diane Deans and Catherine McKenney Confirm Mayor’s Offer

Nominations for the next municipal elections will not open until May 2, and the vote will be finalized on August 19. The election is scheduled for October 24.

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Ottawa’s mayoral race began unofficially Friday after Jim Watson announced he would not be reelected, with three people confirming they will be running for the top job in 2022.


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Not long after Watson’s announcement, two councilors and a former politician said on Friday that they would like to replace him in the next council elections scheduled for October.

Gloucester Southgate County. Diane Deans, who has been a city politician since 1994, called a media conference outside City Hall to announce that she would be seeking the mayor’s seat.

Deans said she had considered running for mayor in previous elections, but the time has come for her to aim for the top.

Deans was on leave for part of the term while battling ovarian cancer and said the health fears made her realize it was important to pursue her goal of running the city.

“What cancer has really done for me is my mind is focused on the things I haven’t done yet and the things I think I need to do, and becoming mayor is one of them, leading the city is one, Deans said.


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Diane Deans, With Husband Ron Richards By Her Side, Will Announce Her Intention To Run For Mayor In 2022 At City Hall On Friday.
Diane Deans, with husband Ron Richards by her side, will announce her intention to run for mayor in 2022 at City Hall on Friday. Photo by Errol McGihon /post media

Deans said she wanted to restore political divisions between the urban, suburban and rural areas.

“I believe I will be that united force to bring the city back together,” Deans said.

She will compete with at least one municipal colleague for the top job.

“I’m running for mayor,” Somerset Coun said. said Catherine McKenney. “I’m going to register as soon as possible in 2022.”

McKenney (whose pronouns she and she are) was elected to the city council in 2014 after working for NDP MPs, councilors and in the city bureaucracy. During this council term, McKenney was the council’s liaison with housing and homelessness.

Outside City Hall, McKenney told reporters there could be better debates and decision-making at City Hall. They answered a question about their ability to appeal to out-of-center voters.


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Catherine Mckenney Announced At City Hall On Friday That She Plans To Run For Mayor In The Next Municipal Election.
Catherine McKenney announced at City Hall on Friday that she plans to run for mayor in the next municipal election. Photo by Errol McGihon /post media

“I think the five-month election debate will be good for this city and allow everyone,” McKenney said, noting that they once lived in Kanata and worked for a suburban city councilor, “with reasonable success.” have done.”

“Everyone wants the same thing. They want a healthy green neighborhood,” says McKenney. “We know this applies to everyone in the city.”

Former provincial Liberal minister Bob Chiarelli, also a former mayor of Ottawa and regional chairman, also said he plans to run on the ballot in 2022.

Chiarelli began showing interest in returning to City Hall earlier this year, but said Friday he was confident of his candidacy.

“I’m definitely in,” Chiarelli said.

Chiarelli noted the long road between now and the municipal elections, plus the fact that no one can actually register for months. Until then, he plans to meet people, plan the campaign and create a platform.


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Chiarelli is considered one of the founders of Ottawa’s O-Train network. Its north-south LRT plan was replaced by the current east-west LRT plan after Larry O’Brien dethroned Chiarelli in the 2006 mayoral race.

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“I’m definitely in,” former Ottawa mayor and region president Bob Chiarelli said Friday. Photo by Wayne Cuddington /post media

Maybe there will be another candidate from the municipality.

Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury said he was thinking about it.

“I’m definitely considering it,” Fleury said.

Orleans liberal MPP Stephen Blais, a former city councilor and longtime political ally of Watson, said he was thinking of the mayoral seat.

“Over the course of the holidays there may be some more discussion about the future,” Blais said.

The period of the municipal election campaign can seem endless, as the time between the start of nominations and election day is five months.


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While potential candidates may have a shot at running for mayor’s office in 2022, they’ll have to wait until May before making it official.

And only when candidates submit their paperwork to the election office can they begin fundraising and spend money on their campaigns.

Nominations for the next municipal elections will not open until May 2, and the vote will be finalized on August 19.

Municipal elections are scheduled for October 24.

Watson pointed out that campaigning for the highest municipal job can be grueling, given Ottawa’s vast geographic size and diverse communities in its urban, suburban and rural areas.

It also requires a lot of fundraising. Watson raised $410,000 in the 2018 mayoral campaign.



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