The federal Liberals in Hamilton are hoping that the long electoral drought for their candidates will come to an end with this election They believe that former Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina will mount a strong challenge to three-term NDP member Wayne Marston. Bratina is a household name in the riding with his long radio career and a term as Hamilton Mayor. He also has deeper roots in the East Hamilton portion of the riding than recent Liberal candidates, having been born and raised there. The challenge for the Liberals in the riding is to match the powerful union affiliated, on-the-ground team that Marston is able to  draw upon. The Conservatives in the riding have nominated Dianne Bubanko a mother of four who has 20 years’ experience in political communication. Mark Burniston is the Libertarian candidate.

The Liberals also see a chance to regain the riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, which has been vacated by Conservative incumbent David Sweet who has moved over to the new riding of Flamborough – Glanbrook. They have nominated political veteran Filomena Tassi who ran for the provincial Liberals in the past. She is a chaplain in the Separate School system. Tassi will face a strong opponent in Alex Johnstone, a school trustee and Cable 14 personality running for the NDP. Johnstone ran unsuccessfully against MPP Ted McMeekin in last year’s Provincial election, but later that year was re-elected to the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. The Conservatives have nominated Vincent Samuel, a retired healthcare executive. Peter Ormand, will represent the Green Party. He ran provincially in 2011 in Hamilton Centre, and ran federally in the predecessor of the Hamilton West-Ancaster –Dundas riding in 2008. Jack Chorazyczewski is the Libertarian candidate and Marty Zuliniak is running as an independent.

Hamilton Centre will see a rematch between NDP incumbent Dave Christopherson,  an 11 year veteran of the Commons and Anne Tennier a chemist and engineer, currently a Vice President with Maple Leaf Foods. The two faced off in the 2011 election, which was won by a wide margin by Chrisopherson. Running for the Conservatives is lawyer, Yonatan Rozenszajn. Ute Schmid-Jones represents the Green Party and Robert Young is the Libertarian candidate.

David Sweet will be the conservative standard-bearer in the new riding of Flamborough-Glanbrook . He will be opposed by Lawyer Jennifer Stebbing, running for the first time for the Liberals. Electrician Mike Divilio will represent the NDP. Luc Hetu is running as a Libertarian.

As of press time the Liberals had not nominated a candidate in Hamilton Mountain, a riding that has become an NDP stronghold federally and provincially. Hamilton Councillor Scott Duvall will carry the NDP banner after three-term incumbent Chris Charlton announced her retirement. Allan Miles is the Conservative candidate. Raheem Aman is the Green Party candidate. Andrew Caton is running for the Libertarian Party and Jim Enos represents the Christian Heritage party.

Riding redistribution has resulted in the old riding of Niagara West –Glenbrook being renamed Niagara West. It no longer includes any part of Hamilton.. Conservative incumbent Dean Allison is seeking re-election.

John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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