NEWS February 5th, 2014

By Shawn Star

Local councillors to seek re-election

Matlow aims for second term in place he is ‘raising daughter’

The field is wide open so far in council races for the October municipal election.

In Ward 26, which covers Leaside, Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park, no one has filed for candidacy yet.

The seat is currently held by John Parker, who said a busy schedule lately has delayed him but he intends to run again.

Parker said he wants to familiarize himself with all the rules, because as an incumbent certain elements of a campaign — specifically the “fine line” between what is considered a community event and a campaign function — can be tricky.

“I haven’t even opened the rulebook yet,” he said. “I’m thinking of March or April [when] I’ll file my papers.

“I’ll be a candidate.”

In Ward 27, which covers Rosedale, Summerhill and Moore Park, two candidates have put their names forward, but neither one is incumbent Kristyn Wong-Tam.

She tells the Town Crier the day-to-day work of a councillor has been keeping her tied up, but “I do have intentions of filing.”

Wong-Tam said once she meets with her campaign team she’ll map out a schedule. Wong-Tam said she hopes that while eyes are on the mayor’s race they are also on races in local wards.

“I think it’s really important that council works together, whoever our mayor is and whoever our councillors are,” she said.

Residents of the Davisville and Mount Pleasant neighbourhoods have one choice so far — incumbent councillor Josh Matlow, who filed on Jan. 10.

“I love the job that my community has elected me to do for them, to reflect, represent and advocate for the priorities of Ward 22 residents while bringing a thoughtful, responsible approach to city council,” he said.

Matlow lists the Toronto Seniors’ Strategy, Downtown Relief Line and doing away with the Ontario Municipal Board as issues he’s ready to continue championing.

“Ward 22 is the community where I’m raising my daughter, and improving this community is something that is so close to my heart and something I deeply appreciate being able to dedicate every day toward doing.”