Who wants in in Innes?
4 candidates vying to be the next councillor after Jody Mitic's departure
Innes is one of the few wards that's up for grabs with no incumbent in the race.
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In March, Jody Mitic announced he will not seek re-election in order to focus on his family and personal health. In June, a formal leave of absence was approved, and three other councillors took over his files.
Mitic was elected in 2014 with 33 per cent of the vote.
Now there are four candidates vying for his seat, including one of his former staffers:
- Laura Dudas, who came in second in 2014 with 19 per cent of the vote.
- Donna Leith-Gudbranson
- Tammy Lynch
- François Trépanier, who came in third in 2014 with 16 per cent of the vote.
Candidates who did not provide a website when they registered do not have links to their campaigns.
Innes ward shares many issues with neighbouring Orléans, such as the struggle to lure jobs to the area. Light rail is scheduled to open at Blair station in 2018 and all the way out to Trim Road by 2022. Innes ward falls to the south of that rail line, so candidates are interested in how buses will tie into the new stations. They also have their eye on extending Brian Coburn Boulevard.
Want to know more about the candidates?
So did we.
CBC Ottawa created a questionnaire and sent it to each of the registered candidates to fill out.
You can read the responses below. Some candidates did not respond to the questionnaire.
The questionnaires are posted as they were submitted.