The Incumbent Advantage

Running for mayor is never easy, but it's a heck of a lot easier if you're the incumbent.

The research is clear: incumbency is a leading predictor of success in municipal elections. Incumbents have many home field advantages including stronger name recognition, a history of service with constituents, a greater depth of knowledge on policy files, established media and community relationships, and experience with campaigning and governing.

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Canada’s Mayors Speak: A Survey of 105 Mayors

In January 2018, urban mayors across Canada participated in a survey administered by Public Square Research in partnership with the Mayors Project. Canada’s mayors were asked about their backgrounds, their jobs, and the issues facing their communities today.

No surprise: our mayors had lots to say!

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Do Canadians Think Mayors Are Powerful?

In October 2015, Ipsos Public Affairs surveyed more than 12,000 Canadians about their perceptions of mayoral power in Canada.

Survey respondents were asked whether they agree with the statement, “Canadian mayors have the power to make things happen in their communities.” Responses were measured using a Likert scale (a list of options designed to capture the intensity of a response).

The overall finding was that Canadians, generally, believe that our mayors have the power to make things happen in our communities.

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