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Long-time Sun columnist running for city council seat

She has spent years criticizing city councillors, bureaucrats and decisions, but long-time Ottawa Sun columnist Sue Sherring is now seeking a seat around the council table.

"Obviously it's a whole new ball game for me."

Sherring, accompanied by family and neighbours, filed her official election papers at Ben Franklin Place Thursday morning.

She believes her years of city hall scrutiny give her an edge in the ward race.

"You know, given what I've been doing, asking a lot of questions, trying to dig a bit deeper on things like Orgaworld, I think I'm the right person for this period of time to make sure that the suburbs get their piece of the pie," she told reporters, joking it was bizarre to be answering, and not asking, the questions.

Some of the candidates started campaigning months ago, but Sherring hopes name recognition will make up for some of that time.

"I'm hoping that obviously people have been reading me in the Sun and that I have struck a note with them and keep an open ear to what I have to say. Obviously, today, it's flat out," she said, adding her priorities include transit and transportation.

The other candidates vying for the seat are: Michael Falardeau, Kevin Fulsom, Scott Hodge, Jason Kelly, Michael Qaqish and Bader Rashed.

The current councillor for the ward, Steve Desroches, is not seeking re-election, fulfilling his promise to only serve two terms.

The election is October 27.

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