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London Mayor Ed Holder endorses Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan’s mayoral run – London

London, Ont., Mayor Ed Holder is endorsing Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan’s run for mayor within the upcoming fall municipal election.

The endorsement on Friday throughout a press convention at Museum London comes after the Ward 7 councillor filed candidacy papers again in Could.

Morgan’s marketing campaign announcement got here two days after Holder announced he would not seek a second term as mayor, and would as an alternative retire from political life on the finish of the present council time period.

Through the press convention, Friday morning, Holder spoke about Morgan’s capability to deliver folks collectively.

“Publicly and privately, I’ve seen him work with provincial and federal authorities representatives, colleagues of various backgrounds and political ideologies, companies and outdoors organizations, generally with competing pursuits,” Mayor Holder mentioned.

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“Josh is ready to bridge these divides, and due to that, most significantly, he produces outcomes. He’s ready to do that as a result of he doesn’t take issues personally, he can disagree with out being unpleasant, and he works relentlessly on behalf of all Londoners.”

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Holder mentioned the traits and traits Morgan reveals are much like his personal strategy as mayor, together with supporting inexpensive housing and public transit infrastructure, creating job development, a local weather emergency motion plan, and supporting the creation of an anti-racism and anti-oppression division at Metropolis Corridor to drive systemic change.

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“If we wish our metropolis to succeed, we’d like a mayor who can hit the bottom working on day one. Josh Morgan is that mayor. We’d like a mayor who received’t fall sufferer to distractions, or petty politics, and can as an alternative focus and ship on vital points. Josh Morgan is that mayor,” Holder informed reporters.

Morgan’s political group contains former metropolis supervisor Martin Hayward, who will function a senior adviser on Morgan’s marketing campaign, in addition to marketing campaign supervisor Ryan Gauss, the director of operations and personnel for London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos.

Morgan, 44, has served as Ward 7 councillor for 2 phrases and was first elected in 2014. He was elected deputy mayor by council in 2020, after being nominated for the function by Holder, changing Ward 4 councillor Jesse Helmer.

As of Friday, the daddy of 4 is considered one of eight registered candidates working for mayor. The others embody Sean O’Connell, who beforehand ran for mayor in 2018 and for the Ward 14 council seat in 2014 and former London-Fanshawe Liberal MPP Khalil Ramal, who served from 2003 to 2011.

Nominations are open till Aug. 19.

Civic elections shall be held in all municipalities throughout the province on Oct. 24.

— with information from World Information’ Andrew Graham, Matthew Trevithick, and Amy Simon

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