Diane Deans will not run for mayor of Ottawa in this fall’s municipal election because she does not feel she can run for more than one term as head of the city.
Instead, the longtime councilor has announced that she will be saying goodbye to Ottawa City Hall and not running for re-election in Gloucester-Southgate.
“For both personal and professional reasons, I have decided that I will not run for mayor this fall,” Deans said in a statement.
Deans announced in December that she would run for mayor, hours after Mayor Jim Watson announced he would not run for re-election. But Deans says “there are several reasons” she can’t run for mayor, including her concerns about the city’s future.
“This city is at a crossroads,” Deans said.
“Our problems are deep and solutions are elusive. Recent years have been difficult for the Council. We have had a transit system plagued with problems, declining infrastructure, mounting debt, a lack of affordable housing and a divided Council that has exacerbated these problems. no quick fixes.
“After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the next mayor will have to commit to the work for eight years (two terms). Four years will not be enough to get this city on a better path. Unfortunately, I do not feel that I can make a commitment of that length to the people of Ottawa.”
Deans was first elected to the Ottawa City Council in 1994. Deans was reelected to her eighth term on the council in 2018 with 56 percent of the vote.
“I am immensely grateful to have had the honor of serving this city and its citizens. I will be forever indebted for the trust the people of Ottawa have placed in me.”
In February, the council voted to remove her as chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board during the “Freedom Convoy” protest. The move came a day after former Chief Peter Sloly resigned.
count. Theresa Kavanagh thanked Deans for her “courage and dedication” to Ottawa.
“You have been a mentor to me as a newly elected woman and I appreciate your efforts to bring gender equality to the fore at City Hall,” Kavanagh said on Twitter.
There are currently eight candidates on the ballot for mayor of Ottawa, including Coun. Catherine McKenney and former Mayor Bob Chiarelli.