Andrea Horwath launches her Hamilton mayoral campaign on Commonwealth Square with Hamilton City Hall in the background. Credit: Joey Coleman

Andrea Horwath’s campaign sent its first email update to supporters Friday afternoon, much to the surprise of some recipients who state they are not supporters.

People told TPR they did not sign-up for any information from the Horwath campaign. The people reporting this to TPR include a software developer and a Toronto Metropolitan University faculty member.

Two people, who are NDP members, tell TPR the emails arrived at personal addresses they only use for NDP emails.

Other people, who are on multiple NDP email lists state they did not receive the email.

Horwath’s campaign says they sent the email to people who have supported Horwath in previous elections.

“As a previous candidate municipally and provincially, Andrea has kept detailed lists of folks who have supported her and how to get in touch with them,” stated spokesperson Emma Reilly McKay in response to TPR questions.

“Folks can of course opt out of any communications they do not wish to receive.”

The email touted “A great first ten days!” of Horwath’s campaign, sharing photos of recent events Horwath attended and asking people to consider supporting her campaign as either volunteers or donors.

On social media, the response was negative, with people saying they were unhappy to receive the emails.

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2 replies on “Andrea Horwath Sends First Mayoral Campaign Email to Surprise of Many Recipients”

  1. I can’t vote for her. There is no phone number to her campaign office. When you phone her constituency office it is by appointment only. What is an real insult is that people from outside of her area are not permitted to speak or visit her. So it tells me if she is elected mayor the councillors doors are to be closed. That is really going to be sad.

  2. I find it very interesting when I read articles in the newspaper regarding getting housing built in Hamilton and the reasons given as to why it isnt happening . Ive been around a long time and dealt with the City for many years. Everyone knows or should know that plans to develop or build a structure of any kind are designed ,inspected , and always stamped by engineers. There is absaloutly no reason for a City plan examiner to hold up these plans for any reason other than the City union saying thats how it has to be done. Plan examineers have maybe 1-2 years education and engineers who design these structures of any kind specialize in that structure to be built and usually have enormous education behind them as well as supervisors at their company to go over the information. Every knows that once the Engineer has embossed his stamp on the drawings he is ultumetly responsable for the project. Once the City checks the information they have then put themselves legally at risk of litigation. Its also a known fact that there are people working at City hall that empower themselves to decide which plans or projects will be put at the top of the pile which of course huge developers come first , residential customers second and low income or geared to income developers are last. The solution is extremely simple. except the outside engineers stamped plans for permits and even look at those plans at City hall when available to do so. To even suggest that City employees have expierience superior to “certified engineers ” is ludicris . Its also well known that Hamilton cant keep anyone in the planning dept for any period of time because of the beurocracy stigma . Apparently from what ive been recently told the staff leave constantly and then the new staff have to start all over on the project setting it back months. This can all be solved by simply excepting ” Certified Engineers and stamped ” drawings and even inspected by those Engineers. I’m sure the workers at City hall will be very happy with this solution and also freeing up enormous hours to carry on business . Project building permits can be issued soley on the stamped and certified plans provided by the Engieers. No need to wait for City employees to do anything. Hopefully this is read by Andrea and not simply forgotten? TY

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