Spotted on the guelph.ca/vote website are two new names joining the election race for 2010.
First is David Birtwistle, and if he sounds familiar it's with good cause. Birtwistle was a councillor for Ward 4 serving two terms in 2000 and 2003 with 26 and 28 per cent of the vote, respectively. He was defeated in the 2006 election, losing his seat to Mike Salisbury and garnering a mere 16 per cent at the polls. But it appears his ambitions have broadened since 2006, and what could now make the race for mayor even more interesting is if Cam Guthrie enters the race, as he also ran against Birtwistle in Ward 4 in 2006.
The second new name on the ballot is Allan Boynton who is running for Ward 1 councillor. This is Boynton's first election in Guelph it seems, so I don't have too much about him. And try googling "Allan Boynton" and you get a myriad of different Allan Boyntons in the area, so I'm not sure what to say about him.
The count so far: 2 mayoral candidates; 3 Ward 1 candidates; and 1 candidate each for Ward 2, 3 and 6.