Election story roundup for Wed., Oct. 8

vote-collageAs the Oct. 27 election approaches, the Spec’s coverage is heating up.

In today’s paper, Emma Reilly examines whether candidates should live in their wards:

“Downtown Councillor Jason Farr lives outside his ward. So did the late Bernie Morelli. Same with Ward 14 Councillor Robert Pasuta.

Several candidates in this municipal election — including Farr and Pasuta — don’t live in the wards they’re vying to represent. Some have personal or business connections within the community, while others are drawn to the four wide-open races without a challenging incumbent.

A candidate is only required to be resident of Hamilton or own property in the city to run in any ward. Technicalities aside, it’s an issue that tends to simmer at election time as candidates search to get a toehold against their opponents. More than a few aspiring politicians have been called out online and in spirited debates for not living among the people they want to represent.”

Read the full story here. 


Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel addresses why fringe candidates aren’t getting the same media attention:

“Anyone who believes the news media is manipulating the outcome of the civic election by focusing on the three front-runners at the expense of the other nine mayoral contenders needs to go to a couple of all-candidates’ debates.

If they take along their critical-thinking caps, they’ll soon realize there’s a good reason the also-runs are dubbed fringe candidates and don’t merit equal news coverage.”

Continue reading Dreschel’s column here.

Dan Nolan covered an all-candidates’ debate for public school board trustees on the Mountain:

School closures were a dominant theme at an all-candidates debate for the three Mountain seats on the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

The debate was hosted Tuesday night at Sherwood Secondary School by the Hamilton-Wentworth Council of Home and School Associations.

Read Nolan’s story here.

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