With 12 candidates running for Mayor of Hamilton and 75 candidates running for the 15 council seats Hamilton voters face a daunting task of figuring out who they should support. Social media is supposed to be the great levelling tool in elections, but in the case of the Hamilton race more than a third of all candidates have no web presence. Space only permits a brief description of candidates within our coverage area and readers are urged to visit bayobserver.ca for links to the websites, Facebook and Twitter accounts of candidates before making a decision.
Ward 1 West Hamilton, Westdale
Six candidates are running to replace Brian McHattie who is a mayoralty candidate. Jason Allen is a Metrolinx employee who favors LRT. Long-time Locke Street Hairdresser Tony Greco advocates lower taxes and spending. He is being named to the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction. Aidan Johnson advocates traffic calming and “world class transportation” in order to link the city together. Former Bulldog executive and consultant Brian Lewis wants to better the business economy in the ward, expedite a new transportation plan and to invest in public safety. With 30 years experience in the auto and IT sectors, Ira Rosen wants to induce community development, work with BIA’s to create businesses to better the community, promote active transportation by creating better access. Long-time Community volunteer and activist Sandy Shaw is the Director of Social Responsibility for First Ontario Credit Union. She cites her corporate experience and social development background as qualities the ward needs. All five Ward One candidates have websites.
Ward 2 Downtown
Jason Farr beat out a crowded slate of candidates in 2010 narrowly winning the seat by 77 votes. This time the number of challengers is five. Terry Wallis is an advocate for inclusion and for better access for persons with disabilities. Accountant John Vail recently was a candidate for the Progressive Conservatives in the 2014 provincial election. He is a resident of the Durand Neighbourhood. Also running are Ed Dallas, Kristina Heaton and Ryan Henry.
Glanbrook- Stoney Creek
Brenda Johnson enjoys the distinction of being the only member of council who defeated an incumbent in 2010. She is promoting smart growth in the ward which she identifies as the fastest growing ward in Hamilton and one that accounts for 40 percent of all building permits issued. The only challenger in Ward 11 is Vincenzo Rigitano of Stoney Creek.
Ward 12 Ancaster
Lloyd Ferguson is running for his third term on Hamilton City Council Having been first elected in 2006, succeeding his brother Murray. The retired construction executive chairs the city Pan-Am stadium committee and is Chair of the Hamilton Police Services Board. Teacher John Iachelli sees traffic and road safety as key issues. He is the chair of the Hamilton Mountain Liberal Riding Association. Anthony Nicholl and Grace Bryson are also registered.
Ward 13 Dundas
Nine candidates, many with impressive qualifications, are vying to replace long-time Dundas councillor Russ Powers who is retiring, Dundas teacher Mark Coull is campaigning on value for taxes, attracting younger families to Dundas, poverty reduction and elimination of red tape as priorities. Rick Court has an extensive background in banking and other businesses and was Dean of Business and International Education at Mohawk College. He is campaigning on bringing business experience to bear on council. He also supports term limits. Marc Risdale is an automotive engineer and cycling enthusiast. He supports LRT ,term limits and attraction of families to Dundas. Danya Scime is a Dundas businesswoman, who has also been involved in childcare and personal support work. She wants to strike a balance between growth and maintaining the unique lifestyle and character of Dundas. Arlene Vanderbeek is a former Town of Dundas Councillor, former downtown Dundas business owner, and most recently assistant to outgoing councillor Russ Powers . She cites here experience at Hamilton City Hall as an asset in reconciling the big city issues facing Hamilton with the desire to see Dundas retain its unique character. Toby Yull is an interior designer, writer and community volunteer. She wants to bring her design skills to transform Cootes Drive and other local streets. She also calls for better transit for Dundas, and improved relations with the school board. Also registered are Pamela Mitchell and Christeen Urquhart.
Ward 14 West Flamborough
In 2010 Robert Pasuta was acclaimed as councillor for the rural West Flamborough ward. This time he is being challenged by Stephen Knowles who ran against Tom Jackson in Ward 6 last time out. The other challenger, Scott Stewart of Lynden is a former banker who would like to see less focus on ward-level budgeting, instead a more city-wide approach.
Ward 15 Waterdown, East Flamborough
In Ward 15 it is a rematch between sitting councillor Judi Partridge and Neil Bos a former councillor in the old town of Flamborough. Partridge took the seat in 2010 by just over 600 votes. Bos says he will focus on traffic and transit, support for seniors, livable communities and support businesses of all sizes. Judi Partridge’s priorities will be taxes, transit, transportation infrastructure, affordable Seniors housing and new recreation facilities.