OTTAWA – Today, Jim Watson held his first rally, officially kicking off his campaign for re-election as Mayor of Ottawa. With almost 300 supporters in attendance, it was one of the largest rallies in Watson’s career. In his remarks, Watson committed to a running a positive campaign that will focus on continuing the progress Ottawa has made over the last two mandates.
“It’s been an absolute privilege to serve as the Mayor of Ottawa during such an exciting time our history,” said Jim Watson. “I look forward to continuing the work we’ve accomplished together over the last few years, and building an even greater city for all residents.”
Watson addressed supporters about the importance of running a full campaign leading up to the October 22 vote, to ensure Ottawa maintains the stable leadership needed to take on the challenges ahead. Watson committed to personally knocking on doors in all 23 wards in the city to engage with residents about the issues that matter most to them.
At the Rally, Daniel Alfredsson, former player and Captain of the Ottawa Senators, showed his support for Jim Watson by publicly endorsing him and outlining why he proudly stands behind Watson’s re-election campaign.
"I am happy to endorse Jim Watson as he seeks re-election as Mayor of Ottawa,” said Daniel Alfredsson. “Jim has been instrumental in the growth of our city and his hard work has made Ottawa a better city.”
Watson will release a full platform over the course of the election. It will build on his strong record of:
Transit: Light Rail Transit became a reality under Jim’s leadership. The first phase, the Confederation Line, will open in November 2018, and construction for Stage 2 LRT begins in 2019. Stage 2 LRT will go farther west to Moodie Drive, farther East to Trim Road, and farther south to Bowesville and Riverside South, with a link to the Ottawa International Airport.
Trust: Jim Watson brought forward the most comprehensive integrity package in the province. City Hall has never been more transparent: lobbyist and gift registries, appointment of an integrity commissioner and posting of office expenses online.
Taxes and affordability: Jim Watson brought fiscal discipline to City Hall by keeping his commitment to cap tax increases to 2.5% or less in his 2010-2014 mandate and to 2% or less in his current mandate. The City has also maintained its excellent Moodie Aaa credit rating.
In the months ahead, Watson and his dedicated team of volunteers will continue to reach out to residents in all 23 wards of the city. He will also continue to use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to engage residents. Watson will open his campaign office in Old Ottawa South at 1101 Bank Street in late June.
The municipal election will be held on October 22, 2018.
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