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Toronto Star - Sept. 30, 2006 - With files from Mike Funston, Stan Josey, San Grewal, Jessica Leeder and Peter Edwards

Horse races expected for mayors' jobs

Would-be politicians across Greater Toronto scrambled yesterday to beat the deadline to register as candidates for the Nov. 13 municipal election.

In Burlington, Rob MacIsaac's decision to abdicate the mayor's throne has opened the floodgates for six hopeful successors. And in Oakville, it's an equally crowded mayor's race with five candidates. Incumbent Ann Mulvale is seeking her seventh term.

Milton's Gord Krantz will need to defeat two competitors if he wants to extend his 26-year run as mayor.

In Mississauga, Mayor Hazel McCallion, 85, is facing three challengers.

There were no acclamations in the Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon council races and no major surprises as the nomination deadline closed.

All of the incumbents from the present council are running again in Mississauga. In the newly created Ward 10, a whopping 24 candidates, all political unknowns, have registered.

In Brampton, there were 15 last-minute entries for various positions. Four candidates have registered to run against Mayor Susan Fennell. All of the current councillors are running again.

In York Region, there were no surprises. Most municipalities boast healthy lists of nominees for ward council seats. With the exception of a few ward seats, acclamations were reserved for school board positions.

The mayor's job has drawn several contenders in most areas, including Markham, where incumbent Don Cousens bowed out for health reasons.

Vaughan Mayor Michael Di Biase will be battling, among others, Linda Jackson, daughter of former mayor Lorna Jackson.

In Ajax, Steve Parish looked like he might slide into a fifth term as mayor until Lidia Kuleshnyk filed her nomination papers at the last minute.

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