Anne Jarvis, Windsor Star
He’s met with business owners, labour and poverty activists, cyclists and millennials. He’s eaten honey balls at the Carrousel of the Nations and shopped at the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market while talking to people about the city.
Less than two weeks ago, Matt Marchand was forced to give up a high-profile job as CEO of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce because he wanted to run for mayor in the municipal election on Oct. 22. He’s not looking back.
“Hey brother, good luck!” a passerby called to him downtown on Monday.
A core of 20 volunteers, from professionals to labour, youth and Windsor Pride representatives, make up his campaign team. There have been dozens more offers to help as they recruit canvassers and people to put up signs. Campaign literature and an office are being finalized. The first two donations came the day he launched his campaign on June 19. The campaign bank account wasn’t even open.