The ballot for Ward 2 has been open since January 8 when Sian Matwey filed papers, but she's now got some competition in the race with yesterday's announcement that Mark Paralovos is also seeking a seat for the northern ward in this fall's municipal election.
Paralovos has been a child and youth worker in the Royal City for 13 years, although he's lived here since he was 5 years old. As to why he's running, Paravolos quotes the usual reasons including transparency, common sense and promoting integrity at city hall. "Wasteful spending has also plagued this city for far too long," Paralovos writes on his website citing pending capital projects like a new main branch of the library, police headquarters renovations and bike lanes. "Our money must be managed in a thoughtful, purposeful way. I will turn a new leaf at City Hall and care about every dollar spent."
No word yet on whether or not Ward 2's current incumbent councillors Ian Findlay and Andy van Hellemond are planning on running for re-election, but all potential candidates have until September 11 to file their papers. The municipal election is on October 27.