FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON — Horizon Ottawa announced their list of endorsed city council candidates today at a press conference at City Hall. This endorsement follows a months-long vetting process of candidates running for elected office across Ottawa. The list includes eleven city council candidates. At this time, Horizon Ottawa has decided to focus their announcement on endorsing city council candidates, releasing a full list of endorsed candidates including mayoral and school board trustee candidates in the next two weeks.
The challenges facing Ottawa as a municipality, the nation’s capital, and a vibrant, diverse community are complex. This has never been more apparent than in 2022, a year that has tested our city’s mettle like never before. The gaps in our city’s current leadership were painfully apparent during the 26-day Occupation this winter, and was put on display again through the LRT hearings. This leadership continues to leave us inadequately prepared for our ongoing housing crisis and for critical incidents like this spring’s derecho storm.
At the same time, municipal voter turnout in Ottawa has historically been very low — 42.55 per cent in 2018 and 39.7 per cent in 2014. “We think voter disengagement is driven by disconnect: voters not knowing who is running for their ward and why their vote matters,” said Sam Hersh, Horizon Ottawa Board Member. “So today, we are focusing our announcement on candidates running for city council positions. We want to focus on the people whose voting power will shape our city’s direction for the next four years and beyond.”
Today’s press conference featured community members who have firsthand experience with the challenges facing Ottawa presently.
The list of endorsed city council candidates is available on the Horizon Ottawa website.