School trustee first to declare he’ll run in St. Paul’s ward 22
Matlow dives in, but current Councillor Walker may retire in 2010
By Kris Scheuer
(Originally written Oct. 7 for Town Crier.)
School board trustee Josh Matlow, left, has already announced that he’ll be running in Ward 22 even if councillor Michael Walker runs again in 2010.
The council race in St. Paul’s has unofficially started.
Councillor Michael Walker is contemplating retirement and while the 27-year political veteran decides his future others are lining up at the gate.
Public school trustee Josh Matlow has declared he will run in Walker’s ward in 2010.
Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy has not ruled out running nor has community activist Michael Visser. Walker’s executive assistant Chris Sellors would consider running if his boss is out of the race.
Matlow sat down with the Town Crier to discuss his candidacy on Oct. 6 the afternoon he declared he will seek the council seat and his main message was on building consensus with the public and at city hall. Continue reading
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Trustee Josh Matlow will seek St. Paul’s council seat in 2010
He’s running in ward 22 held by veteran councillor Michael Walker
Walker hasn’t decided if he will retire or run again
By Kris Scheuer
(Written Oct. 7 for Town Crier.)
School trustee Josh Matlow is running for council in St. Paul's ward 22.
Public school trustee Josh Matlow wants to make the political leap to city hall.
In a sit-down interview with the Town Crier yesterday, the outspoken trustee confirmed he will run for council in St. Paul’s Ward 22.
“I intend to ask for my community’s support to run for council in 2010,” he said at a coffee shop near Yonge and Eglinton. “I intend to register on Jan. 4.”
Matlow said he wants to foster greater consensus at city hall.
“I see city hall far too polarized between the right and left,” said Matlow, who was first elected to the school board in 2003. “I have always looked for solutions rather than blame others.
“I challenged the board when I felt it was incumbent to do so, but I have also reached out with colleagues to get motions passed,” he said. “Over 80 to 90 percent of all my motions I have ever brought to the board have found support.”
Current Ward 22 rep Michael Walker plans to make a decision on whether he will seek re-election in the spring, he said Oct. 6.
A longer story based on my interviews with Matlow, Sue-Ann Levy and Michael Visser is coming. So is a separate story based on my Oct. 6 sit-down interview with councillor Walker.