CDN-NDG borough mayor joining Team Denis Coderre
Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:21AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:53PM EDT
Cote des Neiges/Notre Dame de Grace borough mayor Lionel Perez is joining Team Denis Coderre.
Perez, who has been interim borough mayor since Nov. 27, 2012, had been a member of Union Montreal before that party collapsed.
"I stand by my record both as an elected official, both at city hall and as borough mayor for the past several month," said Perez.
He took over the borough mayor position from Michael Applebaum, who gave it up to become the interim mayor of Montreal -- a position he resigned in June when he was charged with conspiracy and fraud.
Perez said he is acutely aware of the spotlight on the CDN-NDG borough ever since, but said it's important to to judge people because of the alleged actions of their former associates.
"We have to evaluate individuals on their merits."
This November Perez will run to retain the seat he was originally elected for, representing the district of Darlington as a city councillor.
Coderre announced his mayoral bid in May and has been slowly building a team of candidates to run in the for the 105 city and borough councillor positions in Montreal. With the addition of Perez to his team he now has 19 running mates.