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Guelph election slate sees more names added

All of Guelph’s wards now have at least one city council candidate for this fall’s civic election, after the first candidate filed nomination papers in Ward 1 last week.
Terry O’Connor, a well-known name in Guelph’s labour circles, is seeking a Ward 1 seat in his first bid for public office. He’s the first candidate to file so far in Ward 1.
O’Connor aims to bring “more of a people approach to the politics of city council,” he said in an brief interview this week. “Decisions that are made (by council) affect people, and we sometimes lose sight of that,” he said.
O’Connor has held executive positions on the Guelph & District Labour Council, and he is still the labour council’s representative on the task force for the elimination of poverty in Guelph-Wellington, he said.
He has been employed since 2010 as the labour coordinator of United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin, working with local labour unions to get them involved in the annual United Way fundraising campaign.
There was a flurry of nomination filings for Guelph council after nominations opened on Jan. 2 for the Oct. 27 civic election. But over the last seven weeks, only two names have been added to the list, including O’Connor’s.
The other one is Keith Poore, who filed his nomination papers at city hall late last month to run in Ward 6. His election website ( is still in development, but Poore has provided some information about himself on a local political website. Currently the chair of the board of directors of the Graduate Student Association at the University of Guelph, he indicated that he is running partly to provide a younger person’s perspective on civic affairs.
The only incumbent councillors who have filed their nomination papers so far are Leanne Piper and Lise Burcher in Ward 5. Former Ward 5 councillor Cathy Downer is going after a council seat again in the same ward. Robert Routledge is the fourth candidate so far contesting Ward 5.
Coun. Cam Guthrie’s challenge to Mayor Karen Farbridge in the race for mayor means one of Ward 4’s two seats will be vacated.
Linda Busuttil, who is currently a trustee on the Upper Grand District School Board, is the only person who has filed so far to run for council in Ward 4.
Ward 2 is the third ward with only one candidate so far, as only Sian Matwey has filed her nomination papers there.
Ward 3 has four candidates so far, while Ward 6 has two candidates.

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