Charlottetown is going to have a mayor’s race after all.
Former city councillor Philip Brown announced on social media this morning that he will run for mayor.
Voters in Charlottetown and across the province head to the polls in municipal elections on Monday, Nov. 3.
Until today, incumbent Mayor Clifford Lee was the only official candidate for mayor. Lee is seeking his fourth term as Charlottetown’s top elected representative.
Lee and Brown certainly aren’t strangers. Brown served as a city councillor during Lee’s tenure as mayor.
Brown certainly has his work cut out for him if the 2010 mayor’s race is any indicated.
Brown opposed Lee for the mayor’s chair four years ago and lost, pulling in less than half the vote.
Lee won the 2010 election by more than 3,000 votes. The incumbent had the support of 7,397 voters while Brown pulled in 4,344 votes. A third candidate, Janice McKendrick, finished with 632 votes.
Lee, who succeeded George MacDonald in 2003, was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2010.
Lee announced his intention to seek another term at a press conference last month but did not release a platform, explaining that he wanted to talk to residents first and see what their priorities are before talking to the media about his plan.
Knocking off a municipal incumbent in any election can be tough but is considered especially difficult this year with so much positive buzz around the 2014 celebrations. The city is also close to finishing its sanitary/storm water separation project and has already begun work on a new water source.