With the nomination deadline come and gone, the Ontario election campaign is heating up somewhat locally.

The Chatham-Kent-Leamington Liberals were forced to switch candidates just hours before yesterday’s deadline after homophobic slurs written by Alec Mazurek on social media in 2014 surfaced. A few hours later, the riding association announced Leamington lawyer Audrey Festeryga would be carrying the Liberal banner instead.

Two of the main party leaders paid a visit to the area on Thursday. Conservative Leader Doug Ford made stops at a greenhouse in Staples and a pizza place in Tecumseh yesterday afternoon and is slated to make an announcement in Windsor this morning.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath stopped at campaign offices in Essex and is slated to make an announcement in Chatham-Kent this morning focusing on seniors.