There are now four in the running for Hamilton mayor with the announcement Tuesday morning by Andrea Horwath that she is filing her nomination papers. She joins the race along with Former Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina, Former Chamber of Commerce President Keanin Loomis and Ejaz Butt. Franked by some well known NDP figures such as former Hamilton Centre MP Dave Christopherson, and MPPs Monique Taylor and Sandy Shaw, Horwath when asked about her platform, said “With all due respect, today’s event is just about announcing that I’m in. There’s lots of time for policy announcements to come”.
The announcement was met with some mixed-to-negative social media reaction from what appeared to be NDP supporters. Asked about the backlash Horwath said She respected the voters of Hamilton Centre but felt the best way to serve them now was as Mayor of Hamilton.
Of her two main opponents, Keanin Loomis dismissed both Horwath and Bratina, telling CHCH, “”I’m running against two professional, career politicians who are desperate to remain relevant in any way that they can.”
Asked to respond to the entry of Horwath into the race, Bob Bratina was more diplomatic telling the Spectator, “it’s good for the process that Andrea has finally stepped into the race. Personally, I’ve always been friends with her and expect that will always be the case. Barring further nominations, the public now has an idea about the choices to consider.”