Ottawa election: Who’s running for city council in 2018?


Ottawa City Hall. Photo by Devyn Barrie.

Ottawa City Hall. Photo by Devyn Barrie.

Here’s a list (in numerical order of ward) of who’s running in Ottawa’s municipal election this fall, from the city elections office’s list of certified candidates.


  • Incumbent Jim Watson will seek a third (or fourth, if you count his time in office pre-amalgamation) term.
  • Hamid Alakozai
  • Ahmed Bouragba
  • Bernard Couchman
  • Clive Doucet
  • Joey Drouin
  • Ryan Lythall
  • Craig MacAulay
  • Bruce McConville
  • Michael Pastien
  • Moises Schachtler
  • James T. Sheahan


  • Rick Bédard
  • Toby Bossert
  • Mireille Brownhill
  • Guy Desroches
  • Diego Elizondo
  • Dina Epale
  • Doug Feltmate
  • Jarrod Goldsmith
  • Miranda Gray
  • Geoffrey Nicholas Griplas
  • Catherine Kitts
  • Shannon Kramer
  • Matthew Luloff
  • Qamar Masood
  • Louise Soyez
  • Kevin Tetreault
  • Don Yetman


Citing health, incumbent Jody Mitic did not seek a second term.

  • Laura Dudas
  • Donna Leith-Gudbranson
  • Tammy Lynch
  • François Trépanier


Jan Harder, the de-facto incumbent since 1997, filed to run.

  • Franklin Epape
  • Ahmad Malgarai
  • Atiq Qureshi
  • Hadi Wess

Kanata North

Incumbent Marianne Wilkinson is bowing out of politics, leaving an open race.

  • Philip Bloedow
  • David Gourlay
  • Matt Muirhead
  • Lorne Neufeldt
  • Jenna Sudds

West Carleton-March

Incumbent Eli El-Chantiry is running.

  • James Parsons
  • Judi Varga-Toth


Incumbent Shad Qadri is running.

  • Glen Gower, the owner and publisher of this website and, filed to run. He has stepped away from the operation of his websites.

Bay Ward

Incumbent Mark Taylor said he won’t run again, keeping his two-term only promise.

  • Erica Dath
  • Don Dransfield
  • Theresa Kavanagh
  • Marc Lugert
  • Trevor Robinson

College Ward

Incumbent Rick Chiarelli is running again.

  • Emilie Coyle
  • Ryan Kennery


Incumbent Keith Egli is running.

  • Warren Arshinoff
  • James Dean
  • Luigi Mangone
  • Peter Anthony Weber


Incumbent Diane Deans is running.

  • Alek Golijanin
  • Perry Sabourin
  • Sam Soucy
  • Robert Swaita

Beacon Hill-Cyrville

Incumbent Tim Tierney filed to run on May 1. In 2014 he reneged on his 2010 promise to run for only two terms.

  • Michael Schurter


Mathieu Fleury is seeking a third term.

  • Thierry Harris
  • Matt Lowe
  • Salar Changiz


Incumbent Tobi Nussbaum is running

  • Peter Heyck

Somerset Ward

Incumbent Catherine McKenney is running again.

  • Arthur David
  • Jerry Kovacs
  • Merdod Zopyrus

Kitchissippi Ward

Incumbent Jeff Leiper is seeking a second term.

  • Daniel Stringer.

River Ward

Incumbent Riley Brockington will seek a second term.

  • Fabien Kalala Cimankinda
  • Kerri Keith
  • Hassib Reda

Capital Ward

Incumbent David Chernushenko said he will seek a third term.

  • Jide Afolabi
  • Anthony Carricato
  • Christine McAllister
  • Shawn Menard

Alta Vista

Incumbent Jean Cloutier has said he will run again.

  • Clinton Cowan
  • Kevin Kit
  • Raylene Lang-Dion
  • Mike McHarg
  • John Redins


Incumbent Stephen Blais is running again, despite a promise not to.

  • Jensen Boire
  • Cameron Rose Jette


Incumbent George Darouze is running again.

  • Auguste Banfalvi
  • Mark Scharfe
  • Kim Sheldrick
  • Jay Tysick


Incumbent Scott Moffatt is running again.

  • David Brown.

Gloucester-South Nepean

Incumbent Michael Qaqish is seeking a second term.

  • Zaff Ansari
  • Carol Anne Meehan
  • Irene Mei
  • Michael Qaqish
  • Harpreet Singh

Kanata South

Incumbent Allan Hubley is seeking another term.

  • Steve Anderson
  • Mike Brown
  • Doug Large

OttawaStart Staff


6 Responses

  1. Braeden says:

    Capital Ward is missing several Candidates, they include:
    Christine McAllister 4 term President of the Glebe Community Association (2013-2017)
    Anthony Carricato 1 term Vice president of the Glebe Community Association (June 2017-March 2018)
    Joe Federico, physiotherapist
    Jide Affolabi
    David Chernushenko has said that he will seek a third term.

  2. Thanks, the section for Capital Ward has been updated! – Devyn

  3. Jay Baltz says:

    Kitchissippi: Daniel Stringer has said on his FaceBook page that he’s running. Ellen Lougheed (who ran last time) also has said she is running.

  4. Miranda Gray says:

    You’ve missed me. I’m running for Ward 1.

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