North Bay mayor Al McDonald says he's not running for re-election this fall, and so today a former deputy-mayor, Peter Chirico announced he intends to fill the vacant seat.
Chirico filed his nomination papers this afternoon and becomes the only person so far, indicating that he will take a shot at the top spot.
“I wanted to file my nomination papers on the first available day,” said Chirico. “With a provincial election literally right around the corner, I don’t plan on campaigning until the provincial election is over.”
Chirico says he's had people from across the City and from all walks of life asking me if he would run.
"I have a passion for North Bay and think brighter days are ahead," he says in a news release. "I want my family, friends and neighbours to be proud of North Bay again.
“I have a vision for the future of our City and a plan on getting us there and I look forward to sharing that with the community.”
A campaign launch will take place in June and a full platform will be released over the course of the summer says the release.
Chirico is the President of the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, a former City of North Bay Deputy Mayor, the city's managing director of community services, "avid community volunteer" and a member of several municipal and provincial boards.
McDonald said last fall that he will not be returning.
A number of councillors have also told BayToday they will be seeking re-election, but have not done so publically.