Adam Giambrone at his mayoral campaign launch earlier this year. Photo by David Topping/Torontoist.
Surprising almost no one, Adam Giambrone is going to be withdrawing from municipal politics, at least for the time being, and will not be seeking reelection in the Davenport ward he currently represents. Confirming the move via an interview in the Globe and Mail, Giambrone put an end to the speculation that has been swirling about his future ever since he entered, and then rapidly withdrew from, the mayoral race a couple of months ago. While Giambrone is not sure what he’ll be doing next, there are still close to eight months left in the current term, and he has no plans to leave his office before then.
There are currently five candidates registered to run in Ward 18 as possible successors to Giambrone, the most prominent of whom is Ana Bailão. Bailão first ran for Council in 2003 and was defeated by Giambrone 52%-40%; prior to that she served as an assistant to Mario Silva (who was councillor in Ward 18 before Giambrone). Kevin Beaulieu, Giambrone’s current executive assistant, is also widely rumoured to be considering a bid for the seat. [ : Kelly Grant at the Globe just tweeted that Kevin Beaulieu has confirmed he will be running in Ward 18.]