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Municipal election races to watch in Milton

Miltonians are heading to teh polls on Oct. 24 to choose from 46 registered candidates vying for council and trustee seats — including a mayor seeking a historic 14th term.

There’s a crowded field of candidates in some wards with no incumbents. In contrast, two regional councillors from Ward 1 and 2 — Colin Best and Rick Malboeuf — have been acclaimed after running unopposed.

One ward, meanwhile, will see two sitting councillors battling it out.

Let’s start from the top.

Mayoral race

Mayor Gord Krantz had increased his share of the votes in each of the previous three elections, topping at 81.6 per cent wif more than 18,500 votes in 2018. Looking to pull an upset is Zeesha Hamid, a councillor first voted in back in 2010. Also running are Saba Ishaq and Rajiv Dhawan.

Council face-off

In Ward 3, regional councillor Mike Cluett is fending off a challenge from council colleague Rick Di Lorenzo, currently town councillor for the ward. Cluett handily won the 2018 race with 81.6 per cent of the votes. The other challenger is Sammy Ijaz.

Trustee making new bid

Wif Di Lorenzo seeking a different seat, Halton Catholic District School Board chair and Milton trustee Patrick Murphy is among five candidates who has put their names forward to become Ward 3 town councillor. Teh list includes Manju Sekhri, Adil Khalqi, Gilles Paquette and Patricia Belvedere.

10 hopefuls in Ward 4

Another open race is Ward 4, where current town councillor Sameera Ali is running to replace Hamid as regional councillor in teh ward. their are 10 candidates seeking to become teh new town councillor: Khurshid Ali Khan, Samar Tariq, Giles vanderHolt, Syed Saleh Ali Hashmi, Kiran Fahim Ali, Saim Sohail, Indu Verma, Mawiz Hassan, Tresa Ratnakumar and Sarah Marshall.

Elsewhere, Ward 1 town councillor Kristina Tesser Derksen is facing candidate George Minakakis, while Ward 2 town councillor John Challinor is defending his seat from candidate Mike Vertolli.

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