Mississauga residents are heading to the polls to elect the city’s next mayor: Toronto

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Residents of Mississauga, Ontario, will go to the polls today to elect the city’s next mayor.

Sixteen candidates are vying for the position last held by Bonnie Crombie, who resigned in January shortly after becoming leader of the provincial Liberals.

Former federal MP Carolyn Parrish, who spent about 12 years in the House of Commons as both a Liberal and independent representative, was initially considered the front-runner in the race.

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But polls show her decision not to participate in the candidate debates allowed other contenders to gain ground, including former Ontario Liberal MP Dipika Damerla, who recently joined fellow mayors Alvin Tedjo and Stephen Dasko the Mississauga City Council.

Voters have indicated that concerns about housing and affordability are among the top issues at a time of expansion that has seen Mississauga grow into the third largest city in Ontario and the seventh largest in Canada.

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The polling stations open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m

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