Race to be Barrie mayor gets underway as candidates for October municipal election can file papers starting Monday

Nominations close Aug. 19

A double whammy for voters in Ontario.

While they juggle the promises made by provincial leaders, they will also be hearing campaign pitches made from those seeking to be mayor, councillors and school board trustees in their respective communities.

Nominations began Monday, and in the race to be Barrie mayor, former city council and Conservative MP Alex Nuttall was first to file his papers.

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“I am looking forward to meeting with residents and taxpayers, and discussing the important
issues facing our city,” Nuttall said in a statement. “I would like to thank the hundreds of people who have signed my nomination papers, and to everyone who has offered their support and volunteered their time, to work with me towards a stronger future for Barrie. I believe that if we work together as a community, we will be able to tackle important issues like affordable and attainable housing, the increasing violent crime, ensuring Barrie has ample job opportunities, and holding the line on taxation. While Barrie is at a crossroads to the future, I believe we have all the tools we need to create opportunities for generations to come.”

Next to file was current city councillor Natalie Harris.

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman took an unpaid leave of absence last month to run for the Liberals in the June 2 provincial election in Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.

Nominations for the municipal election will be accepted Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from May 2 to August 19. The last day to file a nomination form is Friday, August 19 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit www.barrie.ca/Election for forms, qualification details and full candidate listing.

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