The returning champion of the Guelph mayor's race in 2014 is Karen Farbridge, who's spent all but three years of the last two decades on city council. First elected as one of Ward 1's councillors in 1994, she served two terms before running to be mayor in 2000. She lost three years later to Kate Quarrie but was welcomed back to the top job just one term later, serving as mayor for the last eight years. Those eight years have not been without controversy, but Farbridge still has her supporters and the Mayor herself seems ready to make this race not a referendum about her past, but a proposal for the future.
In my interview with the current (and future?) mayor we cover a wide variety of topics. We touch upon the contentious subjects of Urbacon and the transit lockout. We talk about the "Guelph Factor" and trying to reclaim it, but we also talked about whether or not there was some truth it as well. We talked about the environment and green construction, why Farbridge wanted to run for a forth term and what she thinks her legacy as Mayor of Guelph will be.
Here's the Politicast interview with Mayor Karen Farbridge.
You can learn more about Karen Farbridge's campaign by going to her website here.
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