Jenna Sudds resigns from Ottawa council after Kanata – Carleton – Ottawa elections are confirmed | The Canadian News

Jenna Sudds, the sitting councilor for Kanata North, officially resigned her seat on the Ottawa council after a successful run in federal elections, according to the city clerk.

Sudds, who was first elected as a councilor in the 2018 municipal elections, was hailed by the Liberal Party of Canada to run as a candidate in Kanata-Carleton in August when incumbent MP Karen McCrimmon announced that she would not seek reelection. .

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She ultimately succeeded, winning 41.8 percent of the vote in the race and defeating her closest rival, conservative Jennifer McAndrew, by just over 2,000 votes. The Kanata-Carleton campaign ended up being the closest of the Ottawa elections.

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Sudds took unpaid leave from city hall during the 36-day campaign, although he continued to occasionally attend committee meetings.

City Clerk Rick O’Connor confirmed the outgoing councilor’s resignation in a memo to the council Thursday afternoon.

The Council will have to declare the seat vacant at its next meeting on October 13, at which point it will also be presented with two options for filling the position: holding an election-by-choice, which will likely cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. , or appoint a representative.

There have already been two by-elections in this council period: one when Tobi Nussbaum left the table to become executive director of the Capital National Commission shortly after the 2018 elections; once in 2020 after Stephen Blais left his seat to represent liberals provincially.

Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Rawlson King and Cumberland Coun. Catherine Kitts secured her seats in those elections.

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But a third by-election would cut it close to municipal elections, which are scheduled for October 2022.


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