Catherine Kitts
Ottawa City Councillor
Assumed office
October 6, 2020[1]
Preceded byStephen Blais
ConstituencyCumberland Ward
Personal details
Born (1988-05-28) May 28, 1988 (age 33)[2][3]
ResidenceNavan

Catherine Kitts (born May 28,[4] 1988) is a Canadian politician. She is currently the city councillor for Cumberland Ward on Ottawa City Council.

Kitts received a bachelors of journalism degree from Carleton University in 2010. After that, she became editor of the Orléans Star newspaper.[2] She then co-founded a lifestyle blog before starting a digital communications agency in 2015.[5]

Kitts first ran for city council in the 2018 Ottawa municipal election in Orleans Ward, losing to Matthew Luloff by 264 votes. She endorsed Jim Watson for mayor in that election.[6] Following her election, she became a recruitment communications officer at Carleton University.[5] She also moved from Orleans to Navan.[7]

Kitts ran in the 2020 by-election in Cumberland Ward (which contains her new residence), which was vacated when its councillor Stephen Blais was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. During the campaign, Kitts was endorsed by a number of high-profile Liberals, including Blais, Luloff, MP Marie-France Lalonde, and former MPPs Madeleine Meilleur and Phil McNeely.[8] Kitts was easily elected in the by-election, securing 54% of the vote, with more than twice as many votes as her nearest challenger, Yvette Ashiri.[9] With her win, Kitts became the youngest member of city council.[3] Despite her high profile Liberal endorsements, Kitts has never been a member of any political party, and considers herself a "moderate".[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Catherine Kitts faces crash course as new Cumberland councillor". Global News. October 5, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "A 17-way race in Orléans". CBC. September 4, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Catherine Kitts elected councillor in Cumberland byelection". Ottawa Citizen. October 6, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  4. ^ @HeartOfOrleans (28 May 2021). "Join us in wishing Orléans' Councillor @catherinekitts a very happy birthday today!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ a b "Kitts, Catherine".
  6. ^ "Ottawa Votes: What you need to know about the candidates in Orléans". Ottawa Citizen. October 16, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "Ten candidates vie for Cumberland city council seat in Oct. 5 byelection". Ottawa Citizen. August 24, 2020.
  8. ^ "Cumberland byelection candidates rack up endorsements from politicos". Ottawa Citizen. September 29, 2020.
  9. ^ "2020 Cumberland By-election Results".