Mar 02, 2023
By Jane Brown
He was touted as a possible candidate to run for Toronto’s next mayor, but Mike Layton has announced he has decided against a bid to succeed John Tory in the June 26th byelection.
As part of a thread on his Twitter page, the former Toronto city councillor and son of late legendary Canadian Jack Layton posts, “I’ve decided not to run for mayor for the same reasons I chose not to seek re-election. First, I want to commit myself to work that allows me to be a more present father. For the first seven years of being a dad, I have missed far too many dinners and bedtimes.”
So far, there are only two high profile declared candidates; Urbanist Gil Penalosa and former Toronto City Councillor Rob Davis.
Davis joined Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer in studio Wednesday and explained the city needs to do a better job of prioritizing issues.
As an example, he cited that “city council decided to change the name of Dundas Street and looked at fifty-nine other streets at a cost of $21-million, and I thought to myself, there are homeless people living on Dundas Street and the council priority is changing the name of the street as opposed to changing the lives of those homeless people,” Davis explained.
Several other current and former Toronto city councillors, Josh Matlow, Brad Bradford, and Ana Bailao among them, along with longtime Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter and former Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders are said to be seriously considering a run for Toronto’s mayor.