Kitchener-Centre is one of three federal ridings in Kitchener, and the last election was very close and saw the incumbent defeated.
The Kitchener Centre electoral district covers the north central part of Kitchener. According to the 2006 census, the population of the district is 107,540. There are 78,715 eligible voters; in the 2008 federal election 44,908 votes were cast. There were less than 400 votes between first and second place, two-term incumbent Karen Redman lost to Steven Woodworth.
Alan Rimmer (Independent)
Alan Rimmer was born in Manchester, England and moved to Canada as a child. He received a BSc from the University of British Columbia and studied theology at the Union College of British Columbia. He spent several years teaching. He has also worked as a journalist and publisher and wrote a history book about the role of women in World War II.
Peter Thurley (New Democratic Party)
Peter Thurley is a graduate of the University of Waterloo. He is currently a retail store manager and a representative on the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
Steven Woodworth (Conservative Party)
Steven Woodworth is the incumbent candidate; he defeated the Liberal candidate by a very close margin in the 2008 federal election. He graduated from Wilfred Laurier University and had his own private law practice for 27 years. He has served on the House of Common’s Justice and Environmental committees.
Byron Williston (Green Party)
Byron Williston grew up in British Columbia. He is an associate professor in philosophy at Wilfred Laurier University. He has an MA and a PHD in philosophy.
Karen Redman (Liberal Party)
Karen Redman was the MP for the Kitchener-Centre riding from 1997-2008; in 2008 she was narrowly defeated by the Conservative candidate. She is a life-long resident of Kitchener and a former school trustee.
Martin Suter (Communist Party)
Martin Suter is an anti-poverty and labour rights activist. He ran in both the 2006 and 2008 federal elections.
Mark Corbiere (Marxist-Leninist Party)
Mark Corbiere was a community organizer for the Kitchener Waterloo Youth Collective and drop in centre. He previously ran as an independent candidate in Kitchener-Centre in 2004.