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


Ottawa City Hall. Photo by Devyn Barrie.

Ottawa City Hall. Photo by Devyn Barrie.

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Here’s a running list (in numerical order of ward) of who’s running in Ottawa’s municipal election this fall.

Nomination papers became available May 1 and candidates can file until July 27 — so blank spots in this list should fill up quickly. We will do our best to update as word comes in on new candidates. Now that nominations are open, the official list is also available on the City of Ottawa’s elections webpage.

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  • Incumbent Jim Watson will seek a third (or fourth, if you count his time in office pre-amalgamation) term.
  • Bernard Couchman, who also ran in 2014.
  • Hamid Alakozai.
  • Michael Pastien.

Some names that have been thrown around, but haven’t confirmed:

  • Senator (and former Ottawa top cop) Vern White.
  • Gloucester-Southgate Coun. Diane Deans.
  • Paul Dewar, the former NDP MP for Ottawa Centre. While he hasn’t said he won’t run, he was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year.
  • College Ward Coun. Rick Chiarelli.

Here’s our speculation piece on Ottawa mayoral candidate’s we’d like to see.


Incumbent Bob Monette filed his papers to run on May 1.

  • Miranda Gray.


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

  • Laura Dudas, who ran in 2014, filed to run. She’s a former journalist and until recently, communications professional with the city.
  • Donna Leith-Gudbranson.
  • Tammy Lynch.
  • François Trépanier.


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

  • Ahmad Malgarai.
  • Franklin Epape.

Kanata North

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

  • Matt Muirhead is running again. The Sacred Heart High School teacher had run previously in 2014.
  • Jenna Sudds, former executive director of Kanata North BIA (Wilkinson has endorsed Sudds.)
  • David Gourlay, former president of the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club.

West Carleton-March

We haven’t heard anything from incumbent Eli El-Chantiry yet.

  • We haven’t seen any challengers.


We haven’t heard anything from incumbent Shad Qadri yet.

  • 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.

  • OCDSB trustee Theresa Kavanagh will run. She happens to be the wife of Taylor’s predecessor, Alex Cullen.
  • Tricia Ross.
  • Don Dransfield.

College Ward

Incumbent Rick Chiarelli hasn’t said whether he will run again… or run for mayor, for that matter.

  • Ryan Kennery, who was director of communications for Mayor Jim Watson from 2014 to 2016, will run.
  • Emilie Coyle, a lawyer.


Incumbent Keith Egli filed to run.

  • James Dean.
  • Warren Arshinoff.
  • Peter Anthony Weber.


Incumbent Diane Deans hasn’t revealed if she will run again — or instead if her name will be on the mayoral ballot.

  • No declared candidates yet.

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.

  • We have not seen other candidates.


Mathieu Fleury is seeking a third term.

  • Thierry Harris, former vice-president of the Lowertown Community Association, will run.
  • Hassib Reda Salhani.


Incumbent Tobi Nussbaum hasn’t said what his plans are yet.

  • No challengers yet.

Somerset Ward

Incumbent Catherine McKenney is running again.

  • Jerry Kovacs.

Kitchissippi Ward

Incumbent Jeff Leiper is seeking a second term.

  • Daniel Stringer.

River Ward

Incumbent Riley Brockington will seek a second term, according to the Orléans News.

  • Fabien Kalala Cimankinda.

Capital Ward

Incumbent David Chernushenko said he will seek a third term — we hope he updates his Old Spice parody video.

  • Former federal Crown prosecutor Emilie Taman will run. She ran unsuccessfully as the NDP candidate in the federal Ottawa-Vanier byelection last year.
  • Christine McAllistair, the longest-serving president of the Glebe Community Association.
  • Joe Federico, physiotherapist and businessman.
  • Anthony Carricato, a former vice-president of the Glebe Community Association and Parliament Hill staffer for over ten years — he currently works in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons.
  • Jide Afolabi, a lawyer.
  • Christine McAllister.

Alta Vista

Incumbent Jean Cloutier has said he will run again, according to the Orléans News.

  • Raylene Lang-Dion, a civil servant and former chair of women-in-politics group Equal Voice, announced she will run.
  • John Redins, who also ran in the 2014 municipal election as well as provincially in Ottawa South in 2011, 2013 (byelection) and 2014 under the Party for People With Special Needs.
  • Kevin Kit, president of the Elmvale Acres Community Association, said he will run.


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

  • We haven’t seen any challengers yet.


No word yet from incumbent George Darouze.

  • Former Osgoode councillor Doug Thompson said he is “seriously” considering a bid for his old job (Sue Sherring has more on her blog).
  • Mark Scharfe filed to run.


Incumbent Scott Moffatt is running again.

  • David Brown, Richmond resident and president of the Richmond Fair, says he will run. Interestingly, he worked in Coun. Scott Moffatt’s office from November 2015 until February 2018, according to the Manotick Messenger.

Gloucester-South Nepean

Incumbent Michael Qaqish is seeking a second term.

  • Jules Ruhinda.

Kanata South

Incumbent Allan Hubley has not said if he will seek another mandate.

  • Steve Anderson, president of the Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association.

Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is the editor of and its sister site He has a journalism diploma from Algonquin College and has lived in Ottawa most of his life. Twitter: @DevynBarrieNews.


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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