Lewenza not running for Ward 7

Ken Lewenza has decided not to run in Ward 7.

Lewenza says timing not right

Former CAW and Unifor leader Ken Lewenza has decided not to run for Ward 7 councillor. (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)

Former CAW president Ken Lewenza has decided not to run for a council seat in Ward 7.

Lewenza was being courted by Unifor officials to run for the vacant seat in a by-election in April.

The seat was vacated by Irek Kusmiercyzk who was elected as MP in Windsor-Tecumseh.

Lewenza said he made the announcement to Unifor retirees Wednesday morning.

"The timing wasn't right," said the 65-year-old retired labour leader.

Lewenza does not live in the ward.

While Lewenza might not be running, there are currently six individuals currently registered for the Ward 7 byelection: University of Windsor economics student Igor Dzaic; past Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board chair Barbara Holland; previous mayoral candidate Ernie Lamont; business-owner and previous Ward 8 candidate Greg Lemay; labour activist and Chrysler worker Michael Malott; and resident Therese Papineau.

The upcoming Ward 7 byelection is scheduled for April 27. 

Potential candidates have until March 13 to register. 

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