Burlington mayor promises support for businesses, affordable housing if re-elected

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Published May 2, 2022 at 11:26 am

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward has officially put her name into the ring for re-election.

Today is the day nominations open and Meed Ward had been very hush-hush about her plans, leading to some speculation she may take a run at the newly-vacant Halton Region Chair seat.

Meed Ward, 56, first entered politics by running for Ward 1 councillor in the 2006 municipal election losing to Rick Craven.

In 2007, she ran as the Ontario Liberal Party candidate for Burlington, coming second to PC candidate Joyce Savoline by less than 2,000 votes.

After moving to downtown Burlington, Meed Ward ran for municipal council again in 2010, defeating incumbent Peter Thoem in Ward 2. She was re-elected in 2014, before running in 2018 for mayor, and defeating incumbent Rick Goldring.

In her campaign launch video, Meed Ward touted the work she her council colleagues, five of six of whom were first time politicians, did on things like improving community amenities and parks, affordable housing, and climate change while saying there’s still more work to be done.

“We need to support our businesses, especially those that were hardest hit by the pandemic and we need to support our farmers. It’s not enough to just save farmland, we need to make sure we save farming and get out of their way with unnecessary regulations.”

The municipal election is in October.

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