03/17/2014 09:54 EDT | Updated 05/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Joe Cressy, Social Activist, Aims To Replace Chow In Commons

TORONTO - Social justice activist Joe Cressy says he will seek the NDP nomination to replace Olivia Chow as MP in the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina.

Chow resigned her seat last week to run for mayor of Toronto.

Cressy was president of the party riding association in Trinity-Spadina, but quit when he decided to seek the nomination.

He was Chow's campaign chair in the 2011 federal election and is also a member of the NDP federal council.

If elected, Cressy says he will build on Chow's legacy.

He says he will stress a progressive urban agenda and environmental and social justice at home and abroad.

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