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. In the Fall of 2018, there were more than 1000 municipal elections across Canada, and even more people running to become a mayor. Check out the candidates in Toronto, Vancouver, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Surrey, London, Charlottetown, Winnipeg, and Thunder Bay.
***NOTE: Now that election season is over for this year, this section of the website will be transitioning into something shiny and new on December 1, 2018. Stay tuned!