These are the hot races to watch in this city
Election offers plenty of sparks, sparring
By Kris Scheuer
(Updated and expanded Oct. 25)
There are some exciting races in the Toronto election. Here are my 18 reasons to pay attention. What do you think, am I missing any races?
1. Mayor David Miller is not seeking a third term, but *40 candidates have made their bid to replace him. *Sarah Thomson withdrew but is still on the ballot. Find out who is running, here. Who will you choose?
2. Councillor Adam Giambrone Davenport Ward 18 was running for mayor but now he’s not. He’s also not seeking re-election locally. This race has attracted 12 candidates: 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.
3. Councillor Joe Pantalone Trinity-Spadina Ward 19 is running for mayor. His seat is up for grabs and 9 people are running: David Footman, NDP leader Jack Layton’s son Mike Layton an urban planner and environmentalist, Jim Likourezos, sportscaster Sean McCormick, journalist Karlene Nation, George Sawision, Jason Stevens, community activist, planner and environmentalist Karen Sun and Rosario Bruto.
4. Councillor Anthony Perruzza for York Centre Ward 8 is seeking re-election. This should be a real tough fight between former local rep Peter Li Preti who represented the ward but lost by 579 votes to Perruzza in ’06. Li Preti has signed up for a rematch. Plus six other candidates: John Gallagher, Naseeb Husain, Antonius Clarke, Gerardo Miniguano, Arthur Smitherman (George Smitherman’s brother) and Ramnarine Tiwari are also running here.
5. Don Valley West Councillor Cliff Jenkins is running for re-election in Ward 25. And Jaye Robinson has also signed up. In the ’03 election there was no incumbent and Robinson was first declared the winner by 30 votes, but the city then declared Jenkins the victor by 80 ballots. A recount confirmed this. So this rematch will be interesting. Of course Councillor Jenkins now has two terms under his belt and incumbency on his side. Joanne Dickins and Tanya Hostler are also running.
6. Etobicoke North Ward 2 is represented by Rob Ford, but he is running for mayor. His brotherDoug Ford registered Aug 9. But he’s far from the only one as Cadigia Ali, who came second in the 2006 race is running here and so are Rajinder Lall, Jason Pedlar, Luciano Rizzuti and Andrew Saikaley.
7. Michael Walker St. Paul’s Ward 22 rep is retiring. The race is a real spicy one between Walker’s former exec assistant Chris Sellors and current school trustee Josh Matlow. 22-year-old William Molls is a great candidate as well. On Sept. 10 (last nomination day) Elizabeth Cook also signed up.
8. Councillor John Parker is seeking a second term in Don Valley West Ward 26. In ’06 Mohamed Dhanani came second and has registered for a rematch. Plus another five candidates are competing here: Jon Burnside, Shaukat Malik, Tanvir Ahmed, Yunus Pandor, Salim Nawab Khan.
9. Kyle Rae rep for Toronto Centre-Rosedale Ward 27 is retiring. And a mind blowing 15 people are running, more than any other councillor race, for this seat: journalist Enza Anderson, Ben Bergen, Gary Leroux, former cop and political consultant Ken Chan, activist Susan Gapka, Jonas Jemstone, Perry Missal, professor Robert Meynell, Ram Narula, Paul Spence, life-long ward resident and developer Simon Wookey, long time activist Kristyn Wong-Tam, former political assistant Ella Rebanks, lawyer Joel Dick and former Green Party candidate Chris Tindal.
10. Case Ootes won’t seek re-election in Toronto Danforth Ward 29. Six people are running here in a very competitive race: Chris Caldwell, Mike Restivo, John Richardson, Jennifer Wood, Mary Fragedakis (endorsed by NDP leader Jack Layton) and former councillor Jane Pitfield have all registered.
11. Councillor Adrian Heaps is seeking another term representing Scarborough Southwest Ward 35. There are nine challengers: 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.
12. Mike Feldman rep for York Centre Ward 10 is retiring. So this race has cracked open with 12 candidates: Feldman’s assistant Nancy Oormensigned 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.
13. David Shiner Councillor for Willowdale Ward 24 filed his nomination papers for re-election on Sept. 7 (Sept 10 was the deadline). In the last two elections he waited until less than two months before election day to register. Sonny Cho, Eugene Loo and Babak Nahiddi are candidates.
14. Giorgio Mammoliti is the Councillor for York West Ward 7. He was running for mayor but withdrew July 9 and is now registered for re-election as councillor. Eight other candidates have all registered: Stefano Tesoro, Victor Lucero, Christopher MacDonald, Larry Perlman, Sharon Joseph, Sergio Gizzo, Nick Di Nizio and Scott Aitchison.
15. Howard Moscoe is the longest serving councillor at city hall as he was first elected in North York in ’78. He was registered for re-election in Eglinton-Lawrence but decided to withdraw from the race on Sept 1. The race is wide open now with three main contenders: On June 15, Josh Colle son of MPP Mike Colle registered. Ron Singer is running for the 3rd time. Catholic school board trustee Rob Davis is registered. Plus another four candidates Giuseppe Pede, William Reitsma, Eva Tavares and Tony Evangelista round out the pack.
16. Brian Ashton rep for Scarborough Southwest ward 36 registered for re-election on Jan. 21 but on June 29 he withdrew. This opens up this race, so it will be another good one to watch. 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.
17. Etobicoke councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6) signed up for re-election Aug 11. Five other candidates have also registered: Cecilia Luu, Jem Cain, Michael Laxer, David Searle and Pastor Wendell Brereton was running for mayor but dropped out to support Rob Ford and (get Ford’s endorsement in return) to run in this Etobicoke race instead.
18. Beaches-East York ward 32. Incumbent Sandra Bussin has come under fire lately over a 20-year sole source contract for Tuggs/Boardwalk Cafe in the Beaches for example. She is up against eight challengers: but lately candidates Neil Sinclair and Martin Gladstone have withdrawn (they’ll still be on the ballot) to support candidate Mary-Margaret McMahon, who they think has the best chance of beating Councillor Bussin. Bruce Baker has also dropped out and sent out a press release stating he was also supporting McMahon. Other candidates are: Keith Begley, Albert Castells, Brad Feraday and Kieron Pope.