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(Updated 3 p.m., March 31)
Innes Ward councillor Jody Mitic announces he won't seek second term

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.

"I 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.

Mitic 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 others.

Shortly 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.

When 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.

Last 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.

Im used to putting myself out there, but I feel like Ive failed my duty as a councillor in this particular couple of months by not being forward, Mitic said during the interview.

With 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.

"Today 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.

"Congratulations @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.

Orléans 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.

With 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 Monday, Nov. 19.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   
   

 




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