Watson files papers for mayoral re-election bid

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Mayor Jim Watson is officially standing for re-election.

Ottawa City Hall

Mr. Watson registered his candidacy with elections officials on Monday, his campaign said in a press release.

If he wins the vote, scheduled for Oct. 27, this would be Mr. Watson’s second straight term as mayor. He was also mayor of Ottawa from 1997 to 2000.

Mr. Watson is campaigning on his transit expansion plan and record of keeping tax increases below 2.5 per cent, according to the release.

“Stability and integrity are what I’ve brought to city hall, and that is what I will continue to offer if I’m fortunate to be re-elected on Oct. 27,” said Mr. Watson in the release.

“Ottawa is in a period of unprecedented change, and we need strong and stable leadership for the challenges ahead.”

So far, Mr. Watson is only facing one challenger.

Mike Maguire, a management consultant who registered in early January, is running against Mr. Watson for the second time in a row. In 2010, he placed fifth out of a field of 20 candidates, with 2.45 per cent of the vote.

Mr. Maguire is campaigning on a platform of cutting taxes, scrapping the light-rail expansion and removing downtown bike lanes.

Geographic location: Ottawa

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