The election campaign already heating up
Who is retiring, running, playing coy in TO election
By Kris Scheuer
(Updated Oct.25- Election Day.)
One thing is certain in life – that’s change. And we can count on that in this city’s election. The vote is Oct. 25.
Of the 44 incumbent city councillors so far 35 current Toronto politicians have signed up for re-election in their own ward. Of the remaining 9 incumbents: 2 are running for mayor instead and 7 aren’t running at all. Want to see for yourself?
Check the city’s election website that shows all 477 candidates running for mayor, councillor and school trustee positions.
Here’s the scope on where all the candidates stand as of Sept. 10 the final nomination day.
Mayor David Miller is not running for re-election. There are 40 candidates registered to run for mayor.
Council races – there are 279 candidates running for 44 council seats
Ron Moeser (Scarborough East Ward 44) has registered and so have three others: Diana Hall, Heath Thomas and Mohammed Mirza.
Paul Ainslie (Scarborough East Ward 43) is running again and has four challengers: John Laforet, Benjamin Mbaegbu, Bhaskar Sharma and Samuel Getachew.
Raymond Cho (Scarborough-Rouge River Ward 42) has registered so have eight other candidates: Namu Ponnambalam, Shamoon Poonawala, Neethan Shan, Venthan Ramanathavavuniyan, Leon Saul, George Singh, Mohammed Ather and Ruth Tecle.
Chin Lee (Scarborough-Rouge River Ward 41) has signed up and so have Danny Chien and Patricia Sinclair.
Norm Kelly (Scarborough Angincourt Ward 40) is running and so are three other candidates: Bryan Heal, Ken Sy and Chih-Cheng Tsai.
Mike Del Grande (Scarborough Angincourt Ward 39) is running and so are Caldwell Williams and Kevin Xu.
Glenn De Baeremaeker (Scarborough Centre Ward 38) yes he’s running and so are four other candidates: Sandip Vora, Kirk Jensen, Tushar Shah and Glenn Middleton.
Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre Ward 37) is registered and so are candidates Segio Otoya, Isabelle Champagne and Fawzi Bidawi.
Brian Ashton (Scarborough Southwest Ward 36) signed up Jan 21 but June 29 withdrew. Ten people are seeking this seat: Vicki Breen, Sean Gladney, Robert Spencer, Marvin Macaraig, Robert McDermott, Tony Ashdown, Diane Hogan, Roman Danilov, Eddy Gasparotto and local school trustee Gary Crawford are all running.
Adrian Heaps (Scarborough Southwest Ward 35) is running. Nine challengers have signed up: Malik Ahmad, Victoria Doyle, Ed Green, Jason Woychesko, Jay Burnett, Peter Tijiri, John Lewis, John Morawietz and Michelle Berardinetti, who registered for a rematch as she ran a close second in ’06.
Denzil Minnan-Wong (Don Valley East Ward 34) is running so are Stephan Stewart and Peter Youngren.
Shelley Carroll (Don Valley East Ward 33) was considering running for mayor but registered for re-election in this ward. David Raines, Mike Ihnat and Fil Giannakopoulos are also running.
Sandra Bussin (Beaches-East York Ward 32) is running. Plus there are eight challengers here: Martin Gladstone and Neil Sinclair have dropped out (they will still be on the ballot) to throw their support behind candidate Mary-Margaret McMahon, who they think has the best chance to beat incumbent Bussin. Bruce Baker has also dropped out and sent out a press release stating he was also supporting McMahon. Plus Kieron Pope (no longer actively campaigning according to one report), Keith Begley,and Albert Castells and Brad Feraday are running.
Janet Davis (Beaches-East York Ward 31) has registered and so have six others: Donna Braniff, Brenda MacDonald, Robert Walker, Peter Agaliotis, Leonard Subotich and Rasal Rahman.
Paula Fletcher (Toronto Danforth Ward 30) is on board and so are seven challengers: Andreas Bogojevic, Gary Walsh, Andrew James, Angie Tingas, Liz West, Mihaly Varga and Mark Dewdney.
Case Ootes (Toronto Danforth Ward 29) won’t be running. Chris Caldwell, Mike Restivo, John Richardson, Jennifer Wood, Mary Fragedakis and former councillor Jane Pitfield have all registered.
Pam McConnell (Toronto Centre-Rosedale Ward 28) has registered and so have five other candidates: Eric Brazau, Howard Bortenstein, Raj Rama, Dennis Hollingsworth and Daniel Murton.
Kyle Rae (Toronto Centre-Rosedale Ward 27) announced in mid-Dec he’s not running. There are 15 candidates: Enza Anderson, Ben Bergen, Gary Leroux, Ken Chan, Susan Gapka, Jonas Jemstone, Perry Missal, Robert Meynell, Ram Narula, Paul Spence, Simon Wookey, Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ella Rebanks, Joel Dick and Chris Tindal.
John Parker (Don Valley West Ward 26) has registered. Mohamed Dhanani, who came second in ’06 election registered Feb. 26. And Jon Burnside, Shaukat Malik, Tanvir Ahmed, Yunus Pandor, Salim Nawab Khan.
Cliff Jenkins (Don Valley West Ward 25) is running. Jaye Robinson, who came within 80 votes of winning in the 2003 election, has registered for a rematch. Joanne Dickins and Tanya Hostler are also running.
David Shiner (Willowdale Ward 24) filed his nomination papers Sept 7 (Sept 10 was the cut-off) to seek re-election. In the last two elections he waited until less than two months before election day to register. Sonny Cho, Bob Nahiddi and Eugene Loo are running.
John Filion (Willowdale Ward 23) is running. John Whyte, Charles Sutherland, Dusan Kralik and Peter Clarke are registered.
Michael Walker (St. Paul’s Ward 22). He has told me numerous times he may retire and on March 11 he officially announced he won’t seek re-election after 28 years in politics. After Walker’s announcement he endorsed his exec assistant Chris Sellors who has registered as a candidate. School trustee Josh Matlow registered in early January. William Molls is running here as well. And Elizabeth Cook signed up on Sept. 10.
Joe Mihevc (St. Paul’s Ward 21) is running. Peter Nolan, Marius Frederick, Shimmy Posen, Beth McLellan and Alex Freedman are candidates.
Adam Vaughan (Trinity-Spadina Ward 20) is running. So are 4 others: Dean Maher, Ken Osadchuck and Roman Polochansky.
Joe Pantalone (Trinity-Spadina Ward 19). The deputy mayor registered as a mayoral candidate Jan. 13. Nine people are vying for this seat Karen Sun, Jim Likourezos, Sean McCormick, Karlene Nation, Rosario Bruto, David Footman, George Sawision, Jason Stevens and Mike Layton.
Adam Giambrone (Davenport Ward 18) registered Feb. 1 as a mayoral candidate but announced a hasty exit Feb. 10 and officially withdrew March 10. He is not running for re-election in Ward 18 either. Twelve candidates are running: Coun. Giambrone’s Executive Assistant Kevin Beaulieu, Doug Carroll, Nha Le, Joe MacDonald, Mohammad Muhit, Kirk Russell, Joanna Teliatnik, Hema Vyas, Ana Bailao, Ken Wood, Abdirazak Elmi and former Green Party of Ontario leader Frank de Jong.
Cesar Palacio (Davenport Ward 17) filed his papers on Jan. 4. Plus six challengers: Tony Letra, Anil Gupta. Jonah Schein Brian Bragason, Maria Marques, Kar Rasaiah and Ben Stirpe are running here as well.
Karen Stinz (Eglinton-Lawrence Ward 16) was considering running formayor, but registered her council seat instead. Michael Coll, Terry Mills and Roy Macdonald have also registered.
Howard Moscoe (Eglinton-Lawrence Ward 15) surprised me by registering on the first day. He announced Aug. 31 he’d withdraw on Sept. 1, which he did. This opens the race up with seven candidates: Josh Colle, son of MPP Mike Colle registered here. Catholic school trustee Rob Davis is running and so is Ron Singer, who ran here in 2006 and ’03. William Reitsma, Tony Evangelista, Eva Tavares and Giuseppe Pede are also local candidates.
Gord Perks (Parkdale-High Park Ward 14) has registered. There are 9 challengers: Michael Erickson, Ryan Hobson, Barry Hubick, Jules-Jose Kerlinger, Gus Koutoumanos, Cullen Simpson, Jimmy Talpa, Istvan Tar and Bill Vrebosch.
Bill Saundercook (Parkdale-High Park Ward 13) has registered so have candidates Sarah Doucette, Nick Pavlov, Jackelyn Van Altenberg and Redmond Weissenberger.
Frank Di Giorgio (York-South Weston Ward 12) has signed up. So have six other candidates: Richard Gosling, Angelo Bellavia, Nick Dominelli, Vilma Filici, Joe Renda and Steve Tasses have signed up.
Frances Nunziata (York-South Weston Ward 11) has registered. Abdi Hashised, Leo Marshall and Fulvio Sansone are running as well.
Mike Feldman (York Centre Ward 10) announced he’s RETIRING and won’t seek re-election. Twelve candidates are running: Feldman’s assistant Nancy Oormen signed up Aug. 4. Drago Banovic, Joseph Cohen, Robert Freedland, Jarred Friedman, Magda Gondor Berkovits, Eric Plant, Edward Zaretksy, Brian Shifman, Konstantin Toubis, journalist Igor Toutchinski, and current York Centre school board trustee James Pasternak are all council candidates here.
Maria Augimeri (York Centre Ward 9) has registered. Gus Cusimano, Gianfranco Amendola, Wilson Basantes and Stefano Picone are candidates.
Anthony Perruzza (York Centre Ward Eight) has registered. Peter Li Preti was the councillor but lost by 579 votes to Perruzza in ’06. Now former councillor Li Preti has signed up for a rematch. John Gallagher, Naseeb Husain, Antonius Clarke, Gerardo Miniguano, Arthur Smitherman (George Smitherman’s brother) and Ramnarine Tiwari are also running here.
Giorgio Mammoliti (York West Ward 7) was running for mayor but on July 9 officially withdrew and registered instead for re-election in his ward. Eight other candidates have all registered: Stefano Tesoro, Victor Lucero, Christopher MacDonald, Larry Perlman, Sharon Joseph, Sergio Gizzo, Nick Di Nizio and Scott Aitchison.
Mark Grimes (Etobicoke-Lakeshore Ward 6) is running. Jem Cain, Michael Laxer and David Searle, Cecilia Luu are candidates. As well, Pastor Wendell Brereton who was running for mayor signed up here instead on Aug 4.
Peter Milczyn (Etobicoke-Lakeshore Ward 5) has signed up, so have candidates John Chiappetta, Justin Di Ciano, Morley Kells and Rob Therrien.
Gloria Lindsay Luby (Etobicoke Centre Ward 4) is running. So have candidates John Campbell and Daniel Bertolini.
Doug Holyday (Etobicoke Centre Ward 3) signed up June 30. Peter Kudryk, Ross Vaughan and Rogers Deschenes are registered candidates.
Rob Ford (Etobicoke North Ward 2) registered for mayor March 25. His brother Doug Ford registered Aug 9. But he’s far from the only one as Cadigia Ali, Rajinder Lall, Jason Pedlar, Luciano Rizzuti and Andrew Saikaley are all running.
Suzan Hall (Etobicoke North Ward 1) is on board again here. Vincent Crisanti, Omar Farouk, Ted Berger, Peter D’Gama and Sharad Sharma are candidates.