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Councillor Bonnie Crombie to enter Mississauga mayoral race

Mississauga Councillor Bonnie Crombie plans to run for mayor.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Councillor Bonnie Crombie is set to register in the Mississauga mayoral election Tuesday morning.

A member of Ms. Crombie's campaign team confirmed that the Ward 5 councillor and former Liberal MP will formally register this week, after more than a year of rumours that she was interested in the job.

Ms. Crombie will join former councillor, MP and MPP Steve Mahoney in the race, the first one in which Hazel McCallion, 93, will not be running.

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Though she has not served a full term on council, Ms. Crombie has become a well-known face in the city. She was elected to council in a 2011 by-election, where she narrowly beat out former councillor and MP Carolyn Parrish, who said she plans to run again in Ward 5 this fall.

Though Ms. McCallion has said she has no plans to endorse any candidates in the race to replace her, she is often seen at functions throughout the city with Ms. Crombie.

Without having formally entered the race, Ms. Crombie was quick to respond to Mr. Mahoney's history in politics (he was elected to council in 1978 and went on to serve provincially and federally until 2004) last week, hours after her opponent had registered.

"I'm not a career politician, I'm a business person," Ms. Crombie said. "I've served at two levels of government. I think we need someone who has strong leadership skills, who has a vision for our city. Our city is a vibrant, bright, diverse, emerging great city."

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