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MacKay’s take on McHattie, Clark

Mayoral candidates Brian McHattie and Brad Clark both had meetings with the Spectator’s Editorial Board today. Continuing our series of Graeme McKay’s sketches of mayoral candidates, here’s his take on Brian McHattie and Brad Clark.       What do you think? Watch for a roundup of Eisenberger, Clark, and McHattie’s editorial board meetings in […]

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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 […]

Eisenberger, through the eyes of MacKay

Over the next several weeks, the Spectator’s editorial board will host the three major mayoral candidates for a Question & Answer session. First up: former mayor Fred Eisenberger. Here’s Spec cartoonist Graeme MacKay’s quick sketch:   What do you think of MacKay’s interpretation? Check back at thespec.com for coverage of Eisenberger’s editorial board.    

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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 […]

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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 […]

Ranked ballot a priority for 2018 civic elections, Premier Wynne says

Premier Kathleen Wynne has ordered her municipal affairs minister to give Ontario cities the option of using ranked ballots in the 2018 civic elections. In her mandate letter to Ted McMeekin, Wynne spells out the importance of leading “from the activist centre” with democratic reforms. “We will place emphasis on partnerships with businesses, communities and […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

Casting ballots in the last municipal election, in 2010. TorStar News Service

The Fine Art of Casting a Ballot

By M Adrian Brassington Historically, Hamiltonians have returned incumbent councillors more than 90 per cent of the time. Why? Familiarity? Comfort? Better the devil you know …? Fear of things getting worse than they have been? All of the above? I think if you were to examine election results going back to the 1970s, you’d […]

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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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Russ Powers backs Brad Clark for mayor

Retiring Dundas councillor Russ Powers is endorsing Brad Clark for mayor. At a news conference Sept. 16 in Dundas, Powers said he believes Clark understands how government works and will help Hamilton get the support it needs from senior governments. Read the rest of the story by Elections Editor Nicole MacIntyre at thespec.com

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Off and running for the October vote

In Toronto, the Rob and Doug Ford consumed all final registration day attention with their switch-around at the last minute.  In Hamilton, it was few surprises as the deadline for running in the Oct. 27 election passed.  Here is the local wrap up of the final slate of candidates. By  Matthew Van Dongen / Hamilton […]

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