Multi-party-race in Lachine during municipal election

Catherine Ménard.

At least two parties will run candidates for Lachine borough mayor in the November election. There may even be three if incumbent Claude Dauphin runs.

“M. Dauphin hasn’t decided what he’ll do yet,” said newly appointed mayoralty spokesperson Mathieu Auclair. “He’s in reflection.”

Last week, Jean-Francois Cloutier and Kimberley Simonyik left Équipe Dauphin Lachine to join Denis Coderre’s political party to support mayoralty candidate Catherine Ménard. Ménard is currently the general manager of Relais Populaire, an organization that provides hot meals to vulnerable children. She announced that she will run for Lachine borough mayor as part of Coderre’s team two weeks ago.

Maja Vodanovic, who left Dauphin’s party last November to join Projet Montréal, announced her mayoralty candidacy in January.

Only Daniel Racicot, who beat Catherine Ménard in the last election, remains with the local Équipe Dauphin Lachine party.

Three weeks ago, Dauphin’s long-time political attaché Denis Gaumond also left.

The current situation is a big change from last October when all five Lachine councillors were part of Dauphin’s team.

Dauphin easily won the last election, with 54 percent of the vote.

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