Harvard grad eyes Rideau-Rockcliffe council seat

A long-time federal bureaucrat and Harvard graduate is hoping to win the city council seat for Rideau-Rockcliffe ward.

Tobi Nussbaum, 44, registered for the October election on Thursday morning. He said he wants to provide a strong voice for residents.

"There are three themes that I want to explore in those various conversations. And those are vibrant neighbourhoods, smart services, and a sustainable vision for Ottawa," he said, adding he plans to release more specific campaign ideas in the coming months.

Nussbaum, who has lived in the ward for 20 years, points to his roles as chair of the Beechwood Village Alliance and a volunteer coach as why he has the enthusiasm and work ethic for the job.

"I came to appreciate that it's really important that we focus on that (the local level)...and I think we're all probably a little bit guilty of not spending as much time thinking about municipal issues."

He recently resigned from his post with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to run in this year's city election.

Incumbent councillor Peter Clark, who is 76, says he still has not decided whether he will seek re-election.

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