Archive for the ‘Election’ Category

Monette Will Run Again

- February 12th, 2014

Orléans Coun. Bob Monette will seek re-election in the Oct. 27 vote.

Orléans Coun. Bob Monette says he will defend his council seat in the Oct. 27 municipal election, despite making a promise to only serve two terms.

Monette, who turns 62 next week, said he will file his nomination papers this afternoon. It means he will break an election promise to only serve two terms on city council (if he wins) and he’s prepared to face it head on.

If voters don’t like it, they can vote against him, Monette said.

“I have had an overwhelming response that I should run again,” Monette said.

“I’m far from being stale. In fact, I’m more invigorated than ever with the task at hand.”

He plans to officially kick off his campaign Feb. 25 by telling supporters what issues he’ll be promoting.

Monette said he made the two-term promise because he felt being a councillor in the former city of Cumberland there was nothing more to accomplish after two terms.

But at Ottawa City Hall there’s more work to do, he said.

Monette didn’t want to say exactly what that work involves because he wants to reveal his platform at his campaign kickoff.

But you can predict what the election themes for Orléans will be: LRT, jobs and economic development.

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No Coasting For Watson Despite Lack Of Big-Name Challenger

- January 22nd, 2014

Mayor Jim Watson is in no rush to file his nomination papers to seek re-election. It looks like it’s still several weeks or months off and we won’t actually start learning about Watson’s platform until September.

Mayor Jim Watson speaks with reporters after his state of the city address on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. JON WILLING/OTTAWA SUN

So far, Watson’s only competition is Mike Maguire.

Will the lack of another big name entering the mayoral race change the way Watson approaches his campaign? I asked him today and here’s what he said:

“No, I always assume someone or a group of people can enter at the last minute and (I) take nothing for granted and I’m going to operate on the basis that I have strong competition because I think it would be foolhardy to simply think, ‘Oh, there’s no competition, I’ll just coast.’ The minute you develop that philosophy you’re in trouble politically.”

It’s actually a good lesson for other council incumbents. Take nothing for granted. A relentless ground game can win. There are some first-term councillors who are evidence of that.

And when it comes to ground game, Watson is probably among the best, like the Emmitt Smith of politicians. Only with more bake sales.

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Change Happens On The Candidate List

- January 10th, 2014

Part of the challenge of covering a 10-month municipal election campaign is keeping readers up to date on candidates who come and go, or refile to run in another ward or for mayor.

One candidate, it was noted Thursday, has already dropped off the Barrhaven list…

…which prompted Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt to quip…

Larter dropped out of the mayoral race in 2010, then re-entered, but in between filed to run for councillor jobs.

So, expect to see some changes on this long, long path to the final filing date, Sept. 12.

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Hobbs Sees A “Happy” Kitchissippi

- January 7th, 2014

Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs was at a school in her ward this morning with Mayor Jim Watson signing a Canadian Olympic flag with students.

Mayor Jim Watson and Kitchissippi Coun. Katherine Hobbs visit kids at St. George Elementry School in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Students signed a Canadian Olympic flag, which will be sent to the athletes village duirng the Winter Olympics in Russia. Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

It was a chance for a few reporters to see what Hobbs thinks about her only competitor so far, former Hintonburg Community Association president Jeff Leiper.

“I welcome all challengers,” Hobbs said. She hasn’t formally filed her nomination papers yet but does intend to seek re-election.

Leiper announced he won’t take donations from developers during the campaign. In fact, Leiper is avoiding donations from corporations (although on Twitter he mentioned some “mom and pops” being considered) and unions.

Hobbs echoed Watson (who was asked the same question minutes before) with regard to her stance on corporate donations: Essentially, the law allows it and that’s the policy they will follow. Hobbs added she might not take donations “from particular people,” but she didn’t elaborate.

Watson must have read Leiper’s point about “mom and pops” because he questioned what the difference really is if businesses of all sizes rely on city decisions.

I suggested to Hobbs that Kitchissippi ward seems politically volatile. After all, she knocked off incumbent Christine Leadman in 2010.

“I don’t get that sense of volatility the media talk about,” Hobbs said, and she described the ward as, overall, “pretty happy.”

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I Agree With Sue On Maguire’s Council Ambitions

- August 14th, 2013

I was just listening to the Sun’s Susan Sherring talking on the radio with CFRA host Pierre Bourque about Mike Maguire, who indicated already last year that he’s running for mayor again in 2014.

She raises this good point and it’s something I wondered ahead of the 2010 municipal election.

“Why do these people aim for the top? If you have some good ideas, run for city councillor,” Sherring told Bourque.

Maguire seems to be a smart and logical guy. He might be a valuable addition to the council table. I remember feeling the same way about Charlie Taylor when he ran for mayor in 2010 (he managed 1,125, or 0.42%, of the votes). Maguire received 6,618 votes in 2010 (2.45% of the votes).

Yes, we’re all told to aim for the top, but going up against Mayor Jim Watson seems unnecessarily bold for Maguire.