Running for mayor is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, vision, and passion - oh, and it also takes boatloads of time and money, particularly in Canada's largest cities.
Becoming a mayor is very different than rising to other leadership positions in politics. Think of the gates one must pass through to become, say, a premier: be selected by a local riding membership as a candidate, win an election, run in a leadership race, win that leadership race, and then win the most seats in a general election.
In most Canadian cities, to become mayor one needs to file a modest nomination fee and run an epic campaign that captures the attention and support of voters. That's it.
Sounds simple, right? Well, it isn't. It requires a lot of work, a good understanding of one's community, and sometimes a bit of luck.
Because the process to become a mayor is so different from other leadership positions, it can attract a different kind of candidate. There are hundreds of people running to become mayors in Canada this fall. Let's get to know your candidates in Toronto, Vancouver, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Surrey, London, Charlottetown, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay - with more to come.
Do you know something we don't about candidates in your city? Did we miss a candidate or some key information? Are you someone who pays close attention to the race in your city and would be willing to provide commentary and local context? Contact us!