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Andrea Horwath sends strongest signal yet she’ll run for mayor of Hamilton


Former NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has sent her strongest signal yet she will run for mayor of Hamilton in the fall.

The longtime MPP for Hamilton Centre dropped hints Monday after Mayor Fred Eisenberger announced he would not seek re-election Oct. 24.

“I’m humbled that Fred considers me a strong candidate for mayor of our great city,” Horwath said in a statement thanking Eisenberger for his years of service.

“I’m not ready today to make any announcements about Hamilton’s municipal election. But I can tell you that my heart is always in Hamilton,” added Horwath, who faces an August 19 deadline for filing nomination papers.

Horwath was re-elected by a solid margin in her riding in the June 2 provincial vote that saw Premier Doug Ford win a second term with a bigger majority of 83 MPPs, but resigned as leader on election night after the NDP fell to 31 seats from the 40 it won in 2018.

The New Democrat caucus at Queen’s Park has recommended the party appoint veteran Toronto-Danforth MPP Peter Tabuns, a former head of Greenpeace Canada, as interim leader until a permanent replacement is elected later this year or early in 2023.

Several MPPs have expressed interest, including Marit Stiles (Davenport), Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), Catherine Fife (Waterloo) and Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls).

Details on a date for an NDP leadership convention and rules governing the race are expected by the end of the month.

Horwath noted she will be sworn in as MPP later this week and will help with the transition to an interim leader in the next couple of weeks with the legislature expected to return to pass the government’s budget first introduced April 28.

If she runs for mayor, rivals are expected to include former Liberal MP and mayor Bob Bratina and Keanin Loomis, a former chamber of commerce chief executive.

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