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

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 StittsvilleCentral.ca, 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