The race to be the next mayor of Greater Sudbury is heating up, with long-time city councillor Ron Dupuis in the running.
After 17 years, Ron Dupuis is a familiar face around the city council table. His campaign started with a familiar theme.
"A lot of people are going to demand change. Our former — our current — mayor ran on a change platform,” he said during a Tuesday press conference.
Political newcomer, 51-year-old Jeffrey Huska is also preaching change in his run for Greater Sudbury's top job.
Specifically, Huska said he wants to see an attitude change at city hall.
"And I feel for that teamwork approach, there needs to be some change. And I think that I can bring that change about."
One thing that hasn't changed is Ed Pokonzie's name on the ballot. But the 65-year-old said this time he might not sport his trademark beret as much as in past campaigns.
"When I'm talking to people and I mention that I've been in a municipal election and I get this blank stare and then I mention I'm the guy wearing the beret and they say 'Oh yeah, you.'"
This will be his fifth straight time running for mayor of Greater Sudbury .
But what is different is how early he and the other candidates have kicked off the campaign, pledging to run the race for the next 10 months — with maybe a break in the summertime.
Sudburians still don't know if Mayor Marianne Matichuk will make a bid to keep her seat.
After sounding confident of a re-election run last year, she has recently been coy about her political future.