3 p.m., March 31)
Innes Ward councillor Jody Mitic announces he won't seek
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Innes Ward city councillor Jody Mitic will not be running
for second term. The former army sniper and Amazing Race
Canada contestant made the announcement at his Easter
pancake breakfast event earlier this morning.
am not seeking re-election in order to spend time with
my family and to ensure that my personal health and well-being
are prioritized," Mitic said in a press release issued
in conjuction with the breakfast.
emerged from among nine candidates to win the seat, formerly
held by Rainer Bloess, in the 2014 municipal election,
beating out Blackburn Community Association president
Laura Dudas, former Canadian Armed Forces officer François
Trépanier, and local journalist Fred Sherwin, among
after getting elected, Mitic published an autobiography
entitled Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper
about how he came to join the army straight out of
high school and his experiences during the Afghanistan
War right up until the night in 2007 when he stepped on
a landmine and lost his legs.
he was elected, Mitic admitted he had a steep learning
curve ahead of him. Despite his inexperience he managed
to get his fellow city councillors to support a study
to extend Brian Coburn Road to act as a bypass to the
section of Reaud Road that runs through Bradley Estates,
and he was able to launch a study into renovating and
expanding the Blackburn Arena.
fall, he began to miss a number of committee and city
council meetings. During an interview on CFRA in early
December, he revealed that he had been struggling with
depression and alcohol addiction for several months triggered
by difficulties he was having with his prothetics which
had forced him to use a wheelchair.
used to putting myself out there, but I feel like I’ve
failed my duty as a councillor in this particular couple
of months by not being forward,” Mitic said during the
the opening day to submit nomination papers for this fall's
municipal election fast apporaching, speculation was swirling
about whether Mitic would run again. Saturday's announcment
puts that speculation to rest.
with my friends and colleagues I announced that I will
not be seeking re-election in 2018. Thank you all for
your support and encouragement," Mitic tweeted after
making the announcement at the pancake breakfast where
he was joined by his brother and Amazing Race partner
Cory, their father Hemi and Mayor Jim Watson who also
tweeted about the announcement.
@JODYMITIC on a very tough and personal decision not to
seek reelection this fall. Thank you for your lifetime
of service to country and community," wrote Watson.
MP Andrew Leslie and Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France
Lalonde were also in attendance to thank him foir his
service and wish him well in his future endeavours which
will likely involve giving motivational speeches -- something
he had done before running for city council.
Mitic officially deciding not to run for re-election,
the floodgates will likely open once again for the empty
seat. The first day to submit nomination papers is May
1. The election will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19.
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