Jennifer Keesmaat is campaigning to become the next mayor of Toronto, the city she formerly served as chief planner. Keesmaat registered to run last week, the day of the deadline to enter the municipal election, which has an Oct. 22 finish line. She will be facing off against incumbent mayor John Tory, who is running for re-election.
“I am running for Mayor of Toronto because I believe a bolder vision is needed,” Keesmaat said in a statement released earlier this week. “We need a Mayor who can see the opportunities ahead through the eyes of those who live here, and who can summon our collective knowledge, skill and passion for this city to build something amazing, together.”
She asserted that not enough has been done to confront the growing challenges faced by the City of Toronto, pointing to inaction on aging infrastructure, which she said carries higher maintenance costs, and lack of affordable housing.
“In the coming weeks my campaign will engage all parts of our city in a shared vision for Toronto,” said Keesmaat. “We’re facing some tough challenges and by working together we can solve them — that’s the Toronto way.”