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Meet your candidates for Ottawa mayor

Although there are an even dozen candidates in the race for mayor in this fall's election, few of them are running what one might consider a full-fledged campaign.

Two-time incumbent Jim Watson is clearly well-organized, with hundreds of supporters showing up to his campaign rally and first election promise in September.

Challenger and former councillor Clive Doucet doesn't appear to have anywhere near the same political organization, but he does have an HQ — oddly, just a few blocks from Watson's — signs, volunteers and, most important, campaign promises: all the trappings of an actual election campaign. 

Most candidates have websites; few have signs or other visible evidence of widespread support.

Whose platform is the most appealing or realistic is, of course, up to you. We try to help you make your decisions by attending as many debates as possible, covering news conferences and fact-checking campaign promises. There will be more of that in the final two weeks of the campaign. 

But you'll also want to hear from candidates directly. To that end, we invited all of them to fill out our questionnaire. Only Bernard Couchman and James Sheahan (who has never provided any contact information) didn't answer the survey.

The questionnaire is not meant to provide a comprehensive look at the candidates' platforms, but it's a place to start. The questionnaires have been posted as they were submitted. We've also included links to all of the candidates' platforms.

So with just a couple of weeks before you need to mark your ballot, meet your candidates for mayor.

Hamid Alakozai

Hamid Alakozai may not be a familiar name in Ottawa, but he says he had been asked to consider running for president of Afghanistan back in 2011 — something he decided against, he told CBC News.

About five years ago, Alakozai was an advisor to the Afghan attorney general. He says he's lived in Ottawa for 13 years.