Dunn confirms he won’t be running in Ward Five, opening door to run for mayor

By Kirk Winter

Councillor Pat Dunn, speaking at a recent renaming for Lindsay's iconic theatre to 'Flato Academy Theatre - Lindsay.'

Long time Ward Five councillor Pat Dunn confirmed via email with the Advocate that he will not be running for council in his ward in October, opening the door to a run for mayor.

“I did confirm for some of my friends on the BIA that I wouldn’t be running for the position in Ward Five so they could make plans,” Dunn wrote. “I am happy to say we could have some excellent candidates running and they will make their intentions known in due time.”

While Dunn did not say directly that he would be running for mayor, he all but confirmed his candidacy when he wrote, “The declaration process starts in May and I will be one of the first to file my papers.”

When asked if he would like to sit for an interview focusing on a mayoral run Dunn wrote he will “take a pass for right now.”

“I do not want to get involved in a 10-month campaign… In the meantime I’ll be concentrating on the job (as a sitting councillor, that) I am doing right now.”

Dunn’s confirmation sets the stage for what could be one of the largest turnovers of politicians on Kawartha Lakes council in decades. Mayor Andy Letham and Lindsay-Ops councillor Pat O’Reilly have already confirmed they will not be standing again.

City Hall insiders insist that at least one more sitting councillor will be throwing their hat into the ring for the mayor’s chair and that one or two more veteran councillors are contemplating a career change/retirement, leaving as few as three incumbent councillors returning if re-elected.

This phenomenon of municipal politicians choosing not to stand for election again is being seen right across the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock region where as of Christmas not a single sitting mayor had publicly declared they were running again.


  1. D'Arcy McGee says:

    Councillor Dunn has alienated many citizens by leading the charge to allow ATV’s to roam the streets in his ward. Likely a good decision to bale out & perhaps play the “anti ATV in Lindsay” card, in an attempt to win the mayoralty race this Fall. Personally,I believe CoKL needs a youthful, dynamic leader, who will carefully review future plans in our city, & ensure our citizen’s concerns regarding poverty, transportation, affordable housing,doctor shortage, drugs & crime, take precedence over the risk of large corporations become the tail wagging the dog.

  2. Alla OB says:

    Alla testing

  3. Joan Abernethy says:

    Councillor Dunn may have alienated a small minority of very vocal and self-interested ward 5 residents by insisting on listening to all sides but that is the mark of a pro-democracy community leader. Most constituents appreciate Pat’s commitment to fairness. He is not afraid of criticism or controversy and he can stand up to bullies.

    Promoting youth over maturity for leadership is an outdated prejudice. Age is irrelevant. Experience, on the other hand, is invaluable. The mayor we need has strong ties to the whole City and the personal integrity to say no to corruption. Mayors lead freely elected councils that represent the constituents of a democratic society that, accordingly, give strong visioned direction to the bureaucracy we employ, not the other way around.

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