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Two ex-mayors and one new candidate face off

Two ex-mayors and one mayoralty hopeful came out Wednesday with the first formal hits of the October campaign.

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Candidates Speak: Fred Eisenberger

The Spectator is inviting all registered municipal candidates  to submit one piece of commentary, to be published in the paper and online.  See below for more information.  This is the first – by Fred Eisenberger * * * I am running to be Hamilton’s next mayor. Why am I doing it? After all, I’ve been […]

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Don Ross withdraws from mayor’s race

Former Ward 8 alderman Don Ross won’t be running for Hamilton mayor. The 70-year-old retired executive made the announcement that he’s withdrawing from the race to replace Mayor Bob Bratina via a message on Twitter on Monday (April 14). “After many discussions with friends and family and soul searching I have decided to withdraw,”  he […]

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Larry Di Ianni not running for Hamilton mayor

Former Hamilton mayor Larry Di Ianni (above wtih former mayor Fred Eisenberger) says staying out of the race for the city’s top job has been “in some respects, the hardest decision that I’ve made.” It will be the first time since 1982 that the former school teacher and principal has not been on a political […]

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Ferguson will not run for Hamilton mayor

Lloyd Ferguson won’t be jumping into the crowded Hamilton mayoral race. The Ancaster councillor officially quashed long-running rumours about his candidacy for the city’s top job Monday, but did vow to seek re-election in Ward 12. “I agonized over it,” said Ferguson, adding the decision didn’t get any easier after incumbent Bob Bratina announced he […]

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American TV host skewers Hamilton mayor hopeful

By Matthew Van Dongen Hamilton’s latest mayoral candidate is happy to be the butt of jokes on late night U.S. television. Ejaz Butt, seventh candidate to enter  the Hamilton mayor’s race, was the focus of a segment in the monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I might make it part of my campaign slogan,” Butt laughed […]

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Labour leader Ejaz Butt runs for mayor

Taxi driver Ejaz Butt is  the seventh person to enter the Hamilton mayor’s race, his first foray as a candidate although he’s been active in politics for 25 years. Butt, founding president of the Ontario Taxi Workers Union, he said he’s concerned about the Light Rail Transit  proposal and the state of the taxi industry […]

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Issues: Hamilton’s prospects for medical marijuana

  New federal regulations on medical marijuana officially take effect this week (April 1).  Health Canada predicts users will balloon from the current 38,000 to as many as 450,000 within a decade. Pot may well be an issue in the 2014 municipal election campaign, since producers are looking for sites to grow in cities like […]

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Fred Eisenberger joins race for mayor

By Matthew Van Dongen / The Hamilton Spectator Fred Eisenberger is officially in the race. The 61-year-old was mayor from 2006 to 2010. He was defeated by Bob Bratina in that 2010 re-election bid and came in third behind another former mayor, Larry Di Ianni. Di Ianni is also rumoured to be mulling another run. […]

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Why Crystal Lavigne is running for mayor

Exploring the motivations of mayoralty candidate Crystal Lavigne, who has dreamed of being mayor since childhood. * * * By Jon Wells / Hamilton Spectator The candidate for mayor lacks polish, has no political resumé and no public name recognition. But while veteran politicians running for mayor in the October municipal election may speak of […]

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To one Hamilton young professional, the No. 1 priority is jobs

The Word from Young Professionals: Part of a series of Q&A features with members of Hamilton Hive in the lead-up to the 2014 Municipal Election. Name: Toby Tresidder Age: 28 Current job: Administrative Coordinator, Hamilton Conservation Foundation. Desired job: The one I’m in. Fundraising for the environment is very rewarding! Mayor or editor-in-chief of The […]

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Brad Clark running for mayor

By Matthew Van Dongen Stoney Creek Councillor Brad Clark is running for mayor. The former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister under Ontario premier Mike Harris registered on Monday, the first working day after Bob Bratina announced he won’t seek re-election.

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