Debbie Chapman to run for NDP in Kitchener Centre by-election

By Mark Douglas

The NDP riding for Kitchener Centre has a new candidate who will try to keep the seat of outgoing NDP’er, Laura Mae Lindo.

Debbie Chapman will run for the New Democrats whenever the by-election is called.

Chapman is currently the City of Kitchener councillor for Ward 9.

She has been that ward’s representative since 2018, and signed up to run for the NDP political opening only months after the most recent municipal election.

Lindo is leaving politics to take an academic position at the University of Waterloo.

Party members gathered at the Victoria Park pavilion last night to count their votes between Chapman and the only other candidate, Brooklin Wallis.

Wallis accepted her loss with tongue in cheek humour, tweeting out:

“Aw man,” and soon after that, “I lost but I looked damn good doing it,” along with a photo of herself posing with Ontario NDP leader, Marit Stiles.

Chapman will go up against Kelly Steiss representing the Liberal Party, and Aislinn Clancy representing the Green Party.

No candidate has been named at this time for the Progressive Conservatives.

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