Former Vanier BIA director among candidates for Rideau-Rockcliffe byelection

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Former Vanier BIA executive director and byelection candidate for Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward Jamie Kwong.

Several candidates officially put their names forward on Wednesday to replace outgoing Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Tobi Nussbaum on the same day city council announced a byelection for his seat.

Nussbaum, who defeated challenger Peter Heyck to hold onto his seat in the 2018 municipal election, has left the post to start his new position as CEO of the National Capital Commission next week. Those interested in replacing the outgoing councillor have until March 1 to file their nomination papers for the byelection, slated for April 15.

As soon as council voted Wednesday to officially hold the byelection, a few candidates already had their papers ready to go.

Among them is Jamie Kwong, the former executive director of the Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area. Kwong led the BIA from 2015 to 2017 before leaving to work as a consultant with the federal government. She also previously served as the executive director of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce.

Joining her in filing nomination papers Wednesday was Johan Hamels, a former executive director of the Green Party of Canada. Hamels has experience with the capital’s francophone school board and served as treasurer of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative for five years.

Marc Dorgeville, a former climate science currently working as a budget counsellor in Rideau-Rockcliffe, also announced his intention to file for the race on Wednesday.