Eight candidates already running for one seat in Ward 9
Only wards 1, 2, 3 and 8 have one candidate, although that will certainly change as we get closer to the Oct. 27 election. There's a chance the incumbent in Ward 1 – Joe Cimino – won't stand for re-election if, as expected, there's a provincial election this spring. Cimino is the NDP's candidate in Sudbury, and with the party faring well in local polls, has a strong chance to win the riding.
In Ward 4, incumbent Evelyn Dutrisac registered to run for re-election on March 28, joining Richard Paquette, who filed to run Jan. 2, the first day candidates were eligible to sign up. The ward includes Azilda and the Donovan.
With Ron Dupuis running for mayor, the race in Ward 5 is wide open. Four candidates have already stepped forward to run in the Valley-area ward, in what should be one of the more interesting races this fall.
Two candidates are running in the city's other Valley area seat — Ward 6, where incumbent André Rivest is expected to seek another term. He'll be in a similar situation as Dave Kilgour, who's seeking another four years as councillor in Ward 7. Newcomer Robin Auger filed his papers April 3, joining Frank Mazzuca Jr. and Walter Prus as candidates for the ward, which includes Capreol, Garson and Skead areas.
Ward 8 Coun. Fabio Belli is still the only candidate running for the New Sudbury-area seat, in stark contrast to the crowd vying to win in Ward 9, where longtime incumbent Doug Craig is expected to retire.
Eight candidates have registered to run in the geographically large ward, which includes parts of the city's south end, as well as Coniston and Wanup. The latest — Will Thomson — filed his papers March 31.
Ward 10, which was decided by a handful of votes in 2010, has three candidates, not including incumbent Frances Caldarelli, who has yet to declare her plans.
That's also the case in Ward 11, where four candidates have signed up to run for the seat currently held by Terry Kett. The latest hopeful is Vincent Lacroix, who registered March 17.
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann is running for re-election in the downtown-area Ward 12, where so far her competition is newcomer Tay Butt.
In the mayoral race, Dupuis is, so far, facing newcomer Jeff Huska and perennial candidate Ed Pokonzie. Mayor Marianne Matichuk has yet to announce her plans.
In the running (incumbent in brackets):
Mayor: Ed Pokonzie, Ron Dupuis, Jeff Huska (Marianne Matichuk)
Ward 1: Ian Heft (Joe Cimino)
Ward 2: Chad Odnokon (Jacques Barbeau)
Ward 3: Matt Belanger (Claude Berthiaume)
Ward 4: Richard Paquette, Evelyn Dutrisac (Dutrisac)
Ward 5: Joseph Berthelot, Robert Kirwan, John Lundrigan and Kent MacNeill (Ron Dupuis)
Ward 6: Fernand Bidal, Kevin Brault (André Rivest)
Ward 7: Dave Kilgour, Walter Prus, Frank Mazzuca Jr., Robin Auger (Kilgour)
Ward 8: Fabio Belli (Belli)
Ward 9: Aaron Beaudry, Lin Gibson, Les Lisk, Wyman MacKinnon, Deb McIntosh, Paul Stopciati, Will Thompson, Adam Toews (Doug Craig)
Ward 10: Fern Cormier, Hannu Piironen, Steve Ripley (Frances Caldarelli)
Ward 11: Mike Bleskie, Vincent Lacroix, Loretta Maillet, Lynne Reynolds (Terry Kett)
Ward 12: Tay Butt (Joscelyne Landry-Altmann)