Toronto councillor Ana Bailão not seeking re-election in October election

Councillor Ana Bailão's announcement that she won't be seeking re-election is the latest signal that City Hall might see a major shakeup in October. Mark McAllister looks at the possible change in dynamic.

By Patricia D'Cunha

Toronto City Councillor and Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão says she won’t be seeking re-election in October’s municipal vote.

“After 12 years, and three terms, I will not be seeking re-election,” Bailão, who is the councillor for Ward 9 (Davenport), said in a tweet Thursday.

“While I have not yet decided what is next for me, I remain committed to continuing to contribute to our city.”

She was first elected in 2010 and is one of the city’s highly respected housing advocates.

“Bailão has been a champion for housing – for making progress and getting affordable housing built,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

“Her commitment to her Davenport residents is absolute but she has also used her time here at City Hall to work with me to move housing issues and many others forward to the benefit of residents across Toronto.”

Bailão is the latest councillor who won’t be seeking re-election in the municipal election on Oct. 24.

Last month, Joe Cressy resigned as councillor and chair of the Toronto Board of Health, to take a position as a senior VP at George Brown College. He had previously announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-election in his Spadina–Fort York riding.

Kristyn Wong-Tam is also not seeking re-election in Ward 13, and is instead running as an NDP candidate for Toronto Centre in the upcoming Ontario election.

Michael Ford is also running provincially, as the PC candidate in the riding of York South-Weston.

Earlier this month, the nomination period opened for the offices of mayor, ward/regional councillor and school board trustee for the municipal election. The deadline to file a nomination paper is Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.

Back in March, Mayor John Tory announced he would be seeking a third term. Tory was first elected in 2014 and re-elected for a second term in 2018. If he is re-elected and completes a third term, he will be the city’s longest-serving mayor, surpassing Art Eggleton, who served from 1980 to 1991.

With files from John Marchesan and Michael Ranger of CityNews

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