Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Endorsement for the Elections Part 2
Seven candidates is a lot. Charleswood-Tuxedo is an open race. Anyone who says they know how this might end is only guessing. There might be an advantage for one or two candidates but there are too many unknown factors in the ward.
How will Whyte Ridge vote? I have no idea. It is such a new area. Who caught their imagination? I have no idea.
In my area, you can see signs for all candidates side by side. Does that tell me anything at all? Not a bit.
I have tried to be completely open in this campaign. I have done profiles on every candidate in this election. If any reader hasn't decided yet, please look for yourself. I tried to be fair.
I attended one of the main debates and I have written a summary of the other debate in detail.
In the last election, I voted for Livio Ciarelli over Bill Clement. I did this because development was approved along Kenaston without service roads, because money that was borrowed when he was counsellor in the 1980s for infrastructure was only paid for in the last months.
This time I am not voting for Livio Ciarelli. He has put forward a strong effort but he has been abrasive and insulting and I don't know if that is going to work in City Hall.
Wendy Lenton has been not too bad in the debates but she has not broken through in a meaningful way.
Steve Szego has likewise not jumped out with something that makes him the candidate who will excite the public.
Dashi Zargani had some very honest answers in his questionnaire but he was absent at the first debate and in the second debate he was a little flat and a bit vague.
Timothy Martin was also honest but was inconsistent in terms of putting some detail on his platform.
Paula Havixbeck had the slickest campaign but her tough as nails on crime consisted of following her union backed suggestions from fire and police services. I feared her promises could not be paid for.
In the end, I am supporting Jarret Hannah. He was the most genial, had some honest answers. I was disappointed he didn't answer my questionnaire but I heard and saw enough that I thought he would be an independent voice and would honestly represent the ward.