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*UPDATE: 71 candidates as of June 8

*UPDATE: 55 candidates as of April 11

*UPDATE: 42 candidates as of Feb. 23

*UPDATE: 41 candidates as of Feb. 14

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We are five weeks into the new year — an election year — and already see 38 candidates in London, Ontario. To me, this shows there is a need for change at the municipal level. If residents were happy with the work being done by current city council members, we would not see such a large number of candidates only a month into the year.

I find it very interesting to follow people running for council — to discover their ideas/goals for the city; to find out what they, as members of city council, will bring to the table; and most importantly, how they run their campaigns. Do they use social media as a way to extend themselves to their constituents? Do they rely on walking door to door to introduce themselves? Are they in attendance at various meetings and events held throughout the city?

Here is a quick introduction to the early London candidates and how you, as a voter, can learn more about and maybe even connect with them:

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COUNCILLOR WARD 1

  • Bud Polhill

http://www.budpolhill.ca/

http://vote.betterward1.ca

https://www.facebook.com/betterward1

Email: james@betterward1.ca

  • Michael van Holst
  • Nate Youskow

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COUNCILLOR WARD 2

  • Bill Armstrong

http://metronews.ca/news/london/907927/candidate-making-third-try-for-london-council-seat/

http://tammyleemarche.com/

http://tammyleemarche.wordpress.com/

http://talkw3rds.wordpress.com/tag/tammy-lee-marche/

http://www.nancymcsloy.ca

https://www.facebook.com/NancyMcSloy

http://talkw3rds.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/introducing-nancy-mcsloy-and-mike-bloxam/

http://metronews.ca/news/london/964210/argyle-community-leader-joins-london-city-hall-race/

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COUNCILLOR WARD 3

https://www.facebook.com/MohamedMOSalih

http://metronews.ca/news/london/947342/mohamed-salih-to-run-for-londons-city-council/

http://www.youtube.com/mohamedmosalih

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZY3VhxknW4&feature=youtu.be

  • Bernie MacDonald (Withdrawn May 13)
  • Claudette Jeanne Drouin

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COUNCILLOR WARD 4

  • Stephen Orser

https://www.facebook.com/stephen.orser

  • Paul Pesach Gray
  • Nethaniel Youskow (*Withdrawn, refiled on Feb. 28, withdrawn May 5)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rants-and-Reasonings-with-Sheryl-Rooth/120279161354715

http://metronews.ca/news/london/998714/community-activist-makes-it-five-in-londons-ward-4/

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COUNCILLOR WARD 5

http://www.randywarden.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/randypwarden

  • Steve Hogg
  • William Gordon
  • Michael Wickett

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COUNCILLOR WARD 6

http://www.bloxam.ca/

http://mikebloxam.blogspot.ca/2014/02/throwing-hat-in-ring.html?spref=tw

http://talkw3rds.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/introducing-nancy-mcsloy-and-mike-bloxam/

http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/news-story/4379316-mike-bloxam-declares-candidacy-in-ward-6-council-race/

  • Phil Squire
  • Amir Farahi
  • Shiv Chokhani

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COUNCILLOR WARD 7

http://joshmorgan.ca/

http://josh-morgan.blogspot.ca/

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/29/former-chair-of-london-public-library-board-running-for-ward-7-seat

http://metronews.ca/news/london/925747/ready-to-run-josh-morgan-files-papers-for-london-city-council-race/

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/02/19/former-chair-of-library-board-wants-to-give-constituents-a-say-in-determining-the-future-of-their-community

  • Luis Dominguez (withdrawn May 29)
  • Donna Szpakowski @vote_donnas

http://www.donnas.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donna-Szpakowski/589320394469668?ref=hl

  • Osam Ali

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COUNCILLOR WARD 8

http://www.paulhubert.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Hubert/50838955052

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COUNCILLOR WARD 9

  • A. Eric Haidar

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/02/haidar-brothers-running-for-councillor-jobs

http://www.annahopkins.ca/

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/19/one-highrise-one-house-a-city-hall-wannabe-is-born

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/02/03/ward-9-candidate-wants-to-bring-accountability-back-to-city-hall

  • Jeffrey Schiller

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COUNCILLOR WARD 10

http://www.virginiaridley.com/

https://www.facebook.com/vridley?ref=stream&filter=3

http://fempolildn.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/qa-with-virginia-ridley-ward-10-candidate/

  • Bradley Robichaud

https://www.facebook.com/bradleyrobichaudward10?ref=stream

  • Paul Van Meerbergen

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COUNCILLOR WARD 11

http://www.voteturner.ca/

http://www3.sympatico.ca/stephenturner/PressRelease.html

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COUNCILLOR WARD 12

  • Jesse Haidar

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/02/haidar-brothers-running-for-councillor-jobs

  • Peter Ferguson

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COUNCILLOR WARD 13

  • Fiona Graham (on Facebook)

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/31/hubert-mum-on-alleged-commotion

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/10/coun-judy-bryant-is-retiring-from-politics-opening-up-the-ward-13-seat

http://www.tanyapark.ca/

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/10/coun-judy-bryant-is-retiring-from-politics-opening-up-the-ward-13-seat

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Edgar-Candidate-for-Ward-13/110774382310786

  • John Fyfe-Millar (on Facebook)
  • Gordon Saylor
  • Nethaniel Youskow (*Withdrawn May 12)

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COUNCILLOR WARD 14

https://www.facebook.com/stevehillierward14london

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/06/jared-zaifman-taking-another-shot-at-ward-14-seat-in-london-2014-municipal-election

  • Sandy White

http://sandywhite.ca/

  • Ali Hamadi
  • David Collier
  • Sean M O’Connell

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MAYOR

https://www.facebook.com/arnon.kaplansky.3

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/04/controversial-developer-arnon-kaplansky-running-for-mayor-of-london

  • Jim Kogelheide

https://www.facebook.com/mrjimformayor.oflondonontariocanada

http://www.bitsandpeaces.com/

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/22/mr-jim-wants-to-spread-green-gospel

http://www.votemattbrown.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/MattBrownLondon

http://www.lfpress.com/2014/01/10/london-city-councillor-matt-brown-running-for-mayor-in-2014-municipal-election

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TVDSB Trustee – Ward 1, 11, 12, 14
  • Christine Morgan
TVDSB Trustee – Ward 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
TVDSB Trustee – Ward 7, 8, 9, 10, 13
  • Joyce Bennett
  • Brenda Ryan

TVDSB Trustee – Conseil scolaire catholic Providence

  • George Le Mac

LDCSB Trustee – Ward 2, 3, 4

  • Sandra Cruz

LDCSB Trustee – Ward 5, 6, 7

  • Paul Digby

LDCSB Trustee – Ward 8, 9, 10

  • Linda Steel

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*I would appreciate replies with any further information available, to continue updating this list throughout the year.

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