|Today from The Election Desk
The latest updates from The Public Record’s municipal election desk, visit our website for the latest updates, calendar of debates, and more.
Mayor Eisenberger Officially Registers for Re-Election
Mayor Fred Eisenberger officially registered on Monday for re-election; issuing a press statement to selected media. Eisenberger is not releasing his statement to the public, and there is no video of his media scrum. Bill Kelly, who has access to a recording of the scrum, wrote that Mayor Eisenberger “mused that the proposed LRT probably won’t be the key issue in the upcoming municipal election” and Kelly says it will be.
What could become an issue post-election is Mayor Eisenberger using his official Mayor’s Office /MayorFredEisenberger Facebook page for his re-election announcement. This follows a $30,000 spend on delivering 230,000 flyers promoting the Mayor’s now-election campaign accounts that was paid for using City of Hamilton funds.
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The flyer, which Mayor Eisenberger says is in no way related to the election, and just happened to be produced for the first time in an election year, promotes the achievements of Mayor Eisenberger. The front cover (above) features Eisenberger’s name five times.
The domain Fred2018.ca was registered last year, it is not presently active. Eisenberger’s 2014 campaign used Fred2014.ca as the campaign domain.
New Candidates and Campaigning Updates
With the provincial election receiving nearly almost all political energy and attention, which should expect not to see many new municipal candidate registrations until after June 18th.
This past week the following candidates registered:
- Fred Eisenberger for re-election as Mayor
- Doug Conley for re-election as Ward 9 City Councillor
- Anthony Simpson for Ward 8 City Councillor
Of note, television broadcaster Steve Ruddick – who ran for the Liberal Party in 2007 – was at City Hall on Monday where he left with a candidate package after looking intently at the new Ward 14 map.
Ward 2 Council candidate Cameron Kroetsch launched his campaign website, with including a lengthy list of supporters, including 2010 runner-up Matt Jelly and 2014 runner-up Terri Wallis. Both Jelly and Wallis live in Ward 2. Incumbent Jason Farr is not yet registered, he is running his primary initiative of each year Participatory Budgeting until June 28. It is not likely he’ll register until after this initiative is complete. (Nicole Smith launched her website earlier in May.) Kroetsch also sent out a campaign newsletter last week.
Candidate Promises to Make Dundas Its Own Ward Again
Ward 13 City Council candidate John Mykytyshyn says he’ll “work tirelessly to have Dundas have its own ward again”
Is this promise something he can do, or just pandering? The Public Record dives deep into the issue to find out how to implement the promise.
Ward Polling Division Maps now on The Public Record
I’m sure at least a few of you will have an interest in seeing the new polling divisions in great detail. Now on The Public Record for viewing and download.
Note that voting locations are scheduled to be released on September 4th, and that polling divisions usually share voting locations.
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