Election story roundup for Wed., Oct. 8

As 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 […]

Ward 9: New faces, old hat

By Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton Spectator Ward 9 councillors have regularly come and gone over the past five terms and another election means another  new face in Old Stoney Creek. Ward 9, which includes the former city’s downtown and part of Stoney Creek Mountain, will have elected four different councillors over five council terms […]

Ward 3: Many candidates, few votes

By Matthew Van Dongen The late Bernie Morelli trounced his nearest competitor by more than 1,400 votes in every Ward 3 election since amalgamation. His successor will be lucky to escape Hamilton’s most crowded council race with that many votes in total. Morelli died of cancer in January, spurring a 15-candidate battle for relatively few […]

EXCLUSIVE: Eisenberger leads in mayoral poll

By Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton Spectator A new poll that gives Fred Eisenberger the early lead in Hamilton’s mayoral race also shows more than a third of voters remain undecided. The random poll of 839 city residents, conducted for the Spectator by Forum Research, shows the former mayor leading with 26 per cent support, […]

McHattie wants to attract skilled workers

Mayoral candidate Brian McHattie says Hamilton’s economic future depends on professional, highly skilled workers lured from Toronto and beyond. “I want our economic development department strategy to be laser-focused on jobs-rich sectors,” McHattie said at a campaign announcement Tuesday morning. As mayor, McHattie said, he’d focus on the medical, professional, and creative industries, as well […]

Dreschel: Mayoral candidates spar over LRT

By Andrew Dreschel SEE MORE by this author Councillor Brad Clark was authoritative in a know-it-all kind of way. Councillor Brian McHattie spoke more strongly than usual. And Fred Eisenberger subtly got in the most digs, nearly all directed at Clark. But when the Hamilton Business Leaders mayoral forum was over Thursday, there was no […]

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