Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is holding a news conference today in Streetsville during which, friends and supporters say, she will confirm she is seeking a 12th term.

“I believe … she will make an announcement that will say she has registered and plans on running for re-election,” Brian Crombie, a friend and adviser of the 89-year-old mayor, said yesterday.

“She will speak about the importance of a council that will work together and not be dysfunctional.”

Coun. Pat Saito, a friend and supporter, said the mayor, who has served since 1978, has made clear her intentions to run again.

“I don’t think she will ever have enough of doing what she can for the city,” said Saito.

“Mississauga is in her blood ... I think her faculties are as acute and sharp as any other member of council, and in some cases more so.”

Her long-expected announcement (she had previously said she would run if her health held out) means McCallion, currently in the middle of a judicial inquiry probing the extent of her involvement in a $14.4-million land deal, will take her case and popularity directly to the voters Oct. 25.

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