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Here are some of the other races to watch across Ontario as voters elect new municipal governments today:

Ottawa: After six years in office, Mayor Bob Chiarelli is trailing a former city councillor and a millionaire with no political experience. One challenger, Alex Munter, plans to improve city services and make Ottawa "the greenest city in Canada." The other, Larry O'Brien, casts himself an anti-tax crusader.

London: Joe Fontana won re-election six times as a Liberal MP. Now he is running for mayor against a popular incumbent, Anne Marie DeCicco-Best.

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Oakville: This was the closest mayoral race in the Greater Toronto Area in 2003, when challenger Rob Burton lost by 28 votes to Ann Mulvale. Mr. Burton is back for more, but so are city councillor Chris Stoate and regional councillor Janice Wright.

Hamilton: Incumbent Larry di Ianni is being challenged by veteran Flamborough councillor Dave Braden in a mayoral contest that spans the city-suburban divide of the postamalgamation city.

Vaughan: Incumbent mayor Michael Di Biase faces Linda Jackson, daughter of a popular former mayor.

Clarington: Mayor John Mutton faces assault charges that have yet to be spelled out. Councillor Jim Schell is a strong challenger.

Haldimand County: Mayor Marie Trainor's comments during the Caledonia land dispute caused controversy. She narrowly defeated then-incumbent Lorraine Bergstrand last time. Ms. Bergstrand is running again.

Caledon: Marilyn Morrison topped Richard Whitehead by just 220 votes. Ms. Morrison is seeking re-election against three other candidates, while Ms. Whitehead is running for regional council.

In the GTA, incumbents face strong challenges from veteran councillors in Aurora, Whitby, Caledon and King.

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Incumbent mayors are difficult to unseat, but few are as secure as Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, seeking her 11th straight term. In 2003, she received 74,719 votes to her nearest challenger's 2,304.

Similarly hard-to-beat incumbents are Kingston Mayor Harvey Rosen, who took the last election with 83.5 per cent of the vote, and Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr.

CORRECTION

Hamilton city councillor Dave Braden was not a candidate in the Hamilton mayoral race. Incorrect information was published Monday. [/addendum]/p>

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