Mississauga residents head to the polls to elect next mayor - Toronto | Globalnews.ca

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

A total of 16 candidates are vying to replace Bonnie Crombie, who resigned shortly after becoming provincial Liberal leader in January.

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

But polls suggest her decision not to participate in the candidates debate gives an advantage to other contenders, including former Ontario Liberal MP Dipika Damerla, who recently served on Mississauga city council along with mayoral candidates Alvin Tedjo and Stephen Dasko.

Voters said housing and affordability issues were among the top problems facing Mississauga during a period of expansion that has seen it grow into Ontario's third-largest city and Canada's seventh-largest.

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Polls will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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