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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Intense Race for Ward 1

Watching the 2010 municipal election slate come to life has been an interesting experience. Granted, there's still about three months for everybody to commit to putting their name on the ballot, but I have noticed an interesting trend in Ward 1.

If you go over to the guelph.ca/vote website, you'll notice that there are as many declared people running for the two seats in Ward 1 as there are running in every other ward combined right now. An interesting question is why? Is it because there's a confirmed vacancy given that Kathleen Farrelly was announced her intention to step down from council at the end of her term. Her colleague, Bob Bell, has also yet to announce and indeed may have bigger fish to worry about given the fact he's running as the Green Party candidate in the next federal election.

So is there a perception that Ward 1 is in play this election? I don't know, but here's the list of five in case you've missed it.

Linda Murphy
Seán Farrelly
Allan Boynton
Eugene Gromczynski
Russell Ott

What do you think? Why the run on Ward 1 in 2010?

1 comment:

Russell said...

As a candidate in Ward One, I can personally say there are more reasons for me than Kathleen Farrelly stepping down and Bob Bell possibly not putting his name on the ballot. There are a lot of issues within the Ward that need to be addressed and that have not been addressed by our current councillors. There are also issues within the city that need to be addressed and taken care of in a timely and responsible manner. Farrelly's decision and whether Bell runs or not are only minute fraction of why I have chosen to run!