Ottawa Election 2022: Catherine McKenney launches her mayoral campaign

Somerset Ward Councilor Catherine McKenney has officially registered to run for mayor of Ottawa.

McKenney filed his candidacy Tuesday at the city election office.

In a brief Twitter thread before the filing, McKenney said their vision for Ottawa was to make it the healthiest city in the world.

“We can have affordable and reliable public transit,” they wrote. “We can plan neighborhoods so that walking and cycling are safe and convenient. Where no one has trouble getting around our city all year round.

McKenney is trans/non-binary and uses the pronouns them/them. They were first elected as Somerset ward councilor in 2014, winning re-election in 2018. They announced their intention to run for mayor in December 2021, after Jim Watson would not seek another term.

Speaking to CTV’s Shaun Vardon on Tuesday, McKenney said they were happy to have their names on the ballot.

They said climate change is a key issue.

“Everything we do now has to be framed in that light, and it leads to things like public transit – how do we make sure we have affordable, reliable public transit that people will use to get around their neighborhoods. , move through the city? McKenney said.

McKenney added that housing and local businesses are also important topics.

“Housing – obviously homelessness is key,” they said. “Our local businesses, our ZACs, our main streets – we sometimes forget that they are the backbone of our neighborhood, so these are today’s issues I think, coming out of COVID and the changed world today , those are the issues that we need to focus on.”

The town center councilor also said they would reach out to rural and suburban communities.

“I remind you that I lived in Kanata for years. In fact, I worked for Councilman Alex Munter for many years with great success. I have an understanding of suburban communities and believe that more and more of our suburban and rural villages and downtown neighborhoods all have the same needs,” they said. “We all really want to be able to get around our communities safely, we want to be able to get around by public transit if that’s how we want to get to the library, to the grocery store. I think over time each neighborhood, although unique, I think we all have the same needs.

McKenney joins Brandon Bay, Bob Chiarelli, Bernard Couchman and Graham MacDonald as the mayoral candidate. Candidates have until August 19 to file their nomination papers. Election day is October 24.

To see who is running for mayor, ward councilor, or school board in your neighborhood, visit the Who’s Running in My Neighborhood? tool.

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