For immediate release
Friday, October 12, 2018
OTTAWA – Theresa Kavanagh, a leading candidate for the Bay Ward seat on Ottawa city council in the October 22 election, is delighted to announce endorsements from two strong women leaders with deep connections to the community – former Ottawa Mayor Jackie Holzman, and Marlene Catterall, a longtime federal MP who represented both the Ottawa West and Ottawa West-Nepean ridings, which include all of Bay Ward, from 1988 to 2006.
“These women have a profound understanding of Bay Ward and its needs, and I am absolutely delighted that they have decided to support me,” Kavanagh said. “We need strong, independent female voices at City Hall and, with their help and support, I can be one of them.”
Holzman, who served as Mayor from 1991 to 1997, and represented part of what is now Bay Ward on city council from 1982 to 1991, said she has been impressed by Kavanagh’s inclusive approach demonstrated during her eight years as a trustee on the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.
“I am voting for Theresa because she’s the best person for the job,” Holzman said. “Her record on the school board shows her determination and passion to get things done for all the residents of Bay Ward. The bonus is that she is a strong woman and we need strong women to join a 23-member council (plus the Mayor) that after the last election only had four women sitting around the table.”
Catterall, who sat as a Liberal MP – including a two-year stint as Chief Government Whip, the first woman appointed to that role – also served on Ottawa city council from Britannia Ward (now part of Bay Ward) from 1976 to 1985.
“Theresa’s performance in elected office clearly makes her the best candidate,” she said. “Theresa has clearly demonstrated the strength to consult, the understanding of local priorities, and the ability to take action on difficult issues for the people of Bay Ward. She is a skilled problem solver who can bring people together to find common ground. That is what we need in a City Councillor – someone who will listen and then act. I know she will be a strong voice on behalf our community and its residents. Ottawa needs more women like Theresa Kavanagh on Council.”