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A staunchly conservative newspaper columnist will reportedly be the Progressive Conservative candidate in an upcoming by-election in the provincial riding of St. Paul's.

Sue-Ann Levy, a city hall columnist for the Toronto Sun who has dubbed Mayor David Miller "His Greyness" and refers to his "socialist silly hall," posed for her employer yesterday as she filed nomination papers for the riding.

Ms. Levy did not return requests for comment, but forwarded e-mail to Patrick Harris, who said he was working with the Tories, and that there would be an official announcement today at 10 a.m.

The position became available earlier this year after former MPP Michael Bryant left politics to take a job with the City of Toronto's new economic development agency.

Ms. Levy, who married partner Denise Alexander in June in a traditional Jewish ceremony, came out as a lesbian in a 2007 on the front page of the Sun.

Councillor Case Ootes, (Ward 29, Toronto-Danforth), who is a city hall veteran, said that as a fiscally conservative, gay, Jewish woman, Ms. Levy will make a "very interesting" and "good" candidate.

"I'm sure that will give her a broader appeal in the riding she's running in, I don't think there's a doubt about that," he said.

Mr. Ootes said that if elected, Ms. Levy would gain a very different perspective on politics.

"When you're a reporter or a columnist, obviously, you have free reign in terms of your opinions. Once you're elected, you have be a little more measured in terms of what you do and what you say."

Earlier this week, humanitarian and physician Eric Hoskins was announced as the Liberal candidate for the riding. Mr. Hoskins is the founder of an international charity, War Child Canada, and former senior adviser to foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy.

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