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Ward 6 sees its first candidate

Businessman Mark MacKinnon has become the first candidate to file papers to seek a Ward 6 seat in October’s civic election.
“For too long, the voices of Ward 6 have been underrepresented, lacking accessible and regular communication between Guelph council and its south end citizens. It’s time for a change,” he said in a news release.
MacKinnon, who moved to Guelph in 1991 to attend the U of G, said his campaign slogan is “Engaging Our Community.
He said his three main platforms are “proactive engagement of Ward 6 residents to foster an informed electorate; progressive development to encourage the city’s sustainable and progressive growth while respecting tax dollars; and traffic management to meet the challenges of a fast-growing city.”
His business career has included several local business ventures, including real estate and mortgage brokering, as well as designing and publishing board games, the release said. He is also active in the community, including serving on the parent involvement council at Westminster Woods school.
MacKinnon filed his nomination papers at city hall on Feb. 5. He was the first candidate to do so since Jan. 15. An initial flurry of filings between Jan. 2, when nominations opened, and Jan. 15 resulted in four candidates for mayor, one for Ward 2, four for Ward 3, one for Ward 4, and four for Ward 5.
Ward 1, which had the biggest field of candidates in the city in the 2010 election – 11 of them – is the only ward with no official candidates yet. However, Bob Bell, one of the ward’s two councillors, has indicated publicly that he plans to seek a third term.

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