Brampton mayoral candidates have officially kicked off their campaigns, spending their time out in the community trying to win the city’s top job.
The race has been an eventful one so far. Current Mayor Linda Jeffrey has officially announced her intention to run for re-election on October 22, and former Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is also throwing his hat in the ring.
Brown moved to Mississauga some months ago after losing his position as Ontario PC party leader and launched his campaign for Peel Regional Chair. But after months of campaigning for that position, Brown was thrown a curve ball when Premier Doug Ford cancelled the election for Regional Chair.
Not 24 hours after the announcement came down, Brown announced his bid to run for Mayor of Brampton.
While Jeffrey and Brown are perceived as the frontrunners in the race, they certainly aren’t the only candidates.
Also in the race is John Sprovieri, who’s served as a councillor in Brampton since 1988 stepped. He’s stepping down from his current seat as Regional Councillor of Ward 9/10
Local lawyer Wesley Jackson is also running. Jackson has outlined an extensive platform on his website, which covers council compensation, transit, the Riverwalk and more.
Former Brampton MP Bal Gosal is also running for mayor. Gosal won his MP seat in 2011 in what was then the Bramalea—Malton—Gore riding. In 2015 when the electoral boundaries were redrawn, Gosal ran in the Brampton Centre riding but lost to Liberal MP Ramesh Sangha.
Gosal’s outlined platform on his website is brief, but it focusses on taxes, gridlock and more.
Brampton resident and mayoral candidate Vinod Mahesan. If elected he says he plans to focus on community safety, strengthening the education system, healthcare and more.
The last of Brampton’s mayoral candidates is Mansoor Ameersulthan. Ameersulthan is a local entrepreneur who says his top priorities as mayor would be property taxes, making the city safer, better healthcare and more.