Mississauga Mayor Announces Re-Election Bid

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie took to Twitter to announce that she indeed will be seeking a second term in office.

The Mayor referred to what she calls “bold, city-building initiatives” as some highlights of her first term, such as getting funding for the Hurontario LRT, working on economic development issues, waterfront revitalization along Port Credit and Lakeview, as well as getting City Council to adopt a system of recorded votes to increase transparency.

Crombie, 57, was elected as Mississauga’s fourth mayor in the city’s history in 2014 when Hazel McCallion retired after serving 36 years at the helm of Canada’s sixth largest city.

The next election will be held on October 22, 2018.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances or any surprise entrants into the race by high profile political figures, Crombie isn’t expected to face any strong challengers at the moment, especially from any of her fellow councillors. During this first term of her council, she has faced little to no open hostility from any of them; Crombie herself cited their professionalism in her series of tweets announcing her reelection plans.

Even though Crombie is expected to win a second term, I would not be surprised should a slew of individuals will try their luck in next year’s mayoral race, but I don’t expect them to be any real threat to Crombie’s chances. She got 63 per cent of the vote in 2014; the most likely thing to expect at this early stage is she’ll increase that vote percentage.

Municipal election candidates can start registering to run as candidates for mayor, councillor or school trustee on May 1, 2018, with nomination dates closing on July 30, 2018 by 4 pm.

Hang onto your hats, folks. 2018 is going to be a big election year with the provincial election in the same year as well. You’re either going to love it or hate it.

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