“During a recent interview, IELECT co-chair Graham Crawford said he expects the mayoral race, along with various ward races, to be heavily contested. IELECT is encouraging candidates to run in every ward. He wasn’t surprised when 21 people applied to city hall to represent Ward 5 after former councillor Chad Collins resigned to become the Hamilton East—Stoney Creek Liberal MP. “We do see a change (in council) in the election,” he said. “When you have new councillors, you have a better council.”