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A flurry of activity by election hopefuls as deadline nears

The city council race has expanded to 23 candidates, as of Thursday morning
mayor's chair empty
Unless incumbent Al McDonald has a change of heart by Friday, there will be a new mayor sitting in this chair come fall.

The race for mayor of North Bay remains a two-candidate campaign between Johanne Brousseau and Peter Chirico.

The city council race has expanded to 23 candidates, as of Thursday morning. Since BayToday's last municipal election update, Richard Cadotte, Sheldon Forgette, Peter Gregory, Sara Inch, Chris Mayne and Randall Tilander have filed nomination papers. 

They join Mac Bain, Lance Darnell, Gary Gardiner, Maggie Horsfield, Scott Kile, Mark King, Jamie Lowery, Justine Mallah, Dave Mendicino, Eric Morgan, David Poliquin, Derek Shogren, Darryl Skinner, Michael Taylor, Ed Valenti, Bill Vrebosch and Tanya Vrebosch on the ballot, pending certification Monday, Aug. 22.

In 2018, 26 candidates vied for the 10 city councillor positions.

See related: BayToday's aggregated municipal election coverage

Hopeful school board trustees who have filed their papers include:

  • Near North District School Board: Jay Aspin, Julie Ann Bertram, Chantal Phillips, Louise Sargent and Bill Steer
  • Conseil scolaire public du Nort-Est de l'Ontario: Jules-Pierre Fournier
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord: Nicole Fournier and Roland Rochon
  • Nipissing Parry Sound Catholic District School Board: Leo de Jourdan, David Dunkley, Shawn Fitzsimmons, Margaret McConnell, Barbara McCool, Frank O'Hagan and Shelly Warren

The deadline to submit nomination papers is Friday at 2 p.m.