Kelly and Karygiannis are first incumbents to square off in election
Jim Karygiannis registered to run for Toronto council in the new Ward 22-Scarborough Agincourt. – Carlos Osorio
The first contest of incumbents in the new 25-ward Council got an early start Monday morning, as Jim Karygiannis and Norm Kelly both registered in the new Ward 22-Scarborough Agincourt.
Both Karygiannis and Kelly filed their new candidacies first thing Monday (Aug. 20), before Toronto Council started its special meeting looking at whether to challenge provincial legislation cutting the size of Toronto Council form 47 to just 25.
Kelly had been registered to run in Ward 42 and Karygiannis had been registered to run in Ward 43 – wards that were similar to their current wards of 40 and 39 respectively.
The new Ward 22 largely encompasses both wards, meaning that Karygiannis and Kelly will both be competing in one another’s ward.
Of the two, Kelly has the lengthiest service as a Toronto councillor – a former Metro Councillor, he has sat on Toronto Council for the past two decades. But although Karygiannis has only served a single term on Toronto Council, prior to 2014 he represented the federal riding of Scarborough-Agincourt, since 1988.
The two councillors’ decision to face off is one that will have to be made by incumbent councillors across the city. It is not clear that all will decide to run, particularly if their opponent is an ideological and political ally.
“This is where the adult conversation starts,” said Ward 21 (St. Paul’s) Coun. Joe Mihevc in an interview. “It does no good to compete against somebody of a like mind. That’s not just an issue on the left and progressive side. It’s also on the conservative side.”
Nominations will be re-opened until 2 p.m. Sept. 14, for new candidates to register and those councillors who registered in July to re-file in the new wards.