North Bay City Councillor Mark King will be running in his second election in less than one year with the federal election called and campaigns ramping up in 338 ridings across Canada.

King says he will be taking a leave of absence from his position on the municipal council as he switches gears and focuses on campaigning as the People’s Party of Canada candidate for Nipissing- Timiskaming.

The PPC candidate could be seen shaking hands with Mayor Al McDonald and council members following Tuesday’s regular meeting at North Bay City Hall.

King says he will also be taking leaves from the various boards on which he serves, including the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) and Cassellholme.

If he is successful in this election and becomes the MP, King would be forced to resign from city council and the boards.

North Bay would either hold a by-election, which is rare, or the vacant seat could go to the next on the list from last fall’s election, which would be George Maroosis.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to the Governor-General and subsequent dissolution of Parliament and issuing of the writs officially signals campaign season leading up to the October 21 election.