Bratina is out: Who’s running for Hamilton mayor?


By Matthew Van Dongen

All of a sudden the race for mayor is wide open.

Removing a well-known if controversial incumbent like Bob Bratina from the  equation “will no doubt be a game changer,” said pollster Josh Justice, who conducted a confidential phone survey on possible candidates last month.

Justice wouldn’t reveal the poll results, but suggested “very high” name recognition for a candidate doesn’t guarantee a win because it can come with “predetermined opinions.”

“The next mayor of Hamilton will be a candidate with high growth potential and the ability to attract voters from rural Hamilton,” he predicted.

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Photos: From top left, clockwise: Councillor Chad Collins, former mayor Fred Eisenberger, MP David Christopherson, former mayor Larry Di Ianni, Councillor Rob Pasuta / Spectator file photos

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