Former councillor, who quit mid-term, wants to be mayor

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Former city councillor Leslie O'Shaughnessy recites the oath of office at a swearing-in ceremony following the last municipal election. File photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario - A former city councillor who resigned in protest during this term of office now wants to be mayor.

Leslie O'Shaughnessy has made his decision to run for mayor official. His name now appears among the three vying for the city's top municipal job, including incumbent Bob Kilger and hopeful Jamie Gilcig.

O'Shaughnessy is no stranger to municipal politics. He is the former reeve of Charlottenburgh Township (which is now part of South Glengarry) and also spent previous time as a Cornwall city councillor before this most recent term of office.

O'Shaughnessy resigned his seat in 2012 and last year slammed city hall in a public statement.

Among other things, O'Shaughnessy suggested he was lied to while serving as a city councillor, and that information pertinent to political decisions was wilfully withheld.

The litany of accusations ran for three pages, and also centred on a 2011 whistleblowing case where the city was found guilty of retaliating against one of its employees and slapped with a $15,000 fine.

In a brief phone conversation Thursday O'Shaughnessy said he would be releasing a public statement on his election campaign next week.

Geographic location: Ontario

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