Discussion on the Election 2010 Poll

By  | October 18, 2010 | 28 Comments | Filed under: Feature

I’ll set this up so you can leave your comments on the poll.

28 Responses to Discussion on the Election 2010 Poll

  1. Harold Fontaine October 22, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I voted for Linda Whetham for mayor and Pam Wolf in my ward and that is the way i will vote on Monday. I think we need a change at the top and Linda know the workings of the city and should make a good mayor. Pam knows our area and has not done anything wrong in the last 4 years and am happy with her.

  2. Robin Dudley October 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I will vote for Mike Devine ….WARD 1. He has his head around labour and job creation. Many other issues as well.

  3. Allan Dettweiler October 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I voted for Andrew Johnson in the poll and I will probably vote for him on Monday. I would actually prefer Linda for Mayor – at the same time I really don’t prefer Doug Craig. So, voting for Johnson seems the only way not to have Craig.
    Most people I have talked to have had it with politicians and are not going to vote at all. But, those who are going to vote want change. So maybe, just maybe, Doug will be done.
    Doug is done, Doug is done, Doug is done…..(I’m hoping).

  4. Corina Harris October 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Gay! I’ve decided everything but my ward! Why do we have so many people running in ward 1???

  5. Corina Harris October 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    And my iPad changed that. I said “Gah!”

  6. scot October 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    corrina, I just added a catagory button. Click on your ward and it will list the stories we have. Hope that helps.

  7. @bretthagey October 23, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I would suggest removing the previews for those who have not voted, that way they are not swayed by previous voters, just like a real election.

  8. Margaret Barr October 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Should the real election results mirror your poll, I wouldn’t be upset. This may not be my ideal council, but certainly one that would be a mix; younger and older, left, right and middle. Therefore, it just may be a council that could ‘work’.

    It will be interesting to see how close the poll comes to the actual voting results.

  9. Scotty Moffatt October 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I agree with you Margaret, it’s not perfect but nothing is. And it will be interesting to see how close it comes.

  10. Bill Gibson October 24, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I will be voting for Mike Devine in Ward 1. Mike has a keen awarness of the issues and will be a tirless advocate for the people of ward. Hard work, dedication and integrity are just some of the quailities that Mike brings and will serve us all well as our city councilor.

  11. Jimm Hillis October 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    If I lived in Ward 1 he would get my vote as well, but living in Ward 2 at least i get Rick Cowsill to vote for.

  12. jmac October 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I chose craig and keiffer in the poll..my vote probablly won’t change for mayor..but I can be swayed for councillor..still mulling that one over

  13. Margaret Barr October 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    jmac, I voted for Bev McDowell. She is one of the most involved, knowledgeable and caring candidates I have come across. She certainly isn’t the world’s best debater (has the best answers, but doesn’t have the ‘swagger’; but swagger only counts in rap-music, I think).

    I have nothing personal against Keiffer..just haven’t seen much action from him; and he’s made councillor a career, not a public service. He’ been in the same office waaaaaaay too long.

    I gotta’ say I wouldn’t be too disappointed if one of the other candidates (besides Bev) should win Ward 3, either. Both seem sincere.

  14. @bretthagey October 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Well, Harold, as far as our incumbent goes; not everyone is perfect, but when issues are glaringly oibvious, and not being addressed, is another. I site two examples, here, and there are no doubt, others.

    At this time, Blair Public school is on a route where there is no parking for parents to pick up, due to the changes made to the street for GRT traffic. Add the ‘no-idling’ bylaw that the incumbent endorsed and championed, and you have a lot of pissed off parents, I’ve talked to them.

    At the far north of Ward 5, there is a trail leading to a local park. Seven months ago the neighbours at the entrance of the trail leading to it complained about getting a ‘no-bike’ barrier at the entrance, because of mini-bikes and motorcycles ripping down the road, and onto the trail, in fact nearly hitting a couple of kids one time.

    All is not rosy in Ward 5, I’m afraid. These are issues not dealt with, and some of the reasons why I’m running, now.

  15. ka October 24, 2010 at 1:55 pm


    Brian has my vote. I agree with Margaret in regards to Keifer making a career out of being Councillor. He walks around all problems and does not get to the bottom of things. 19 years councillor… why not give someone else a shot to see what they can do? Brian has stated in a signed contact what he plans to do as a councillor. If he fails at this he will step down.. I highly doubt he would fail because he has a certain drive to him and if he’s elected, I’m very excited to see what he’s going to do. AND he will only run for a maximum 2 terms (8 years)!! This proves to me he doesn’t want this as a career, and he truly wants to create positive change for us.

    Allowing Keifer to remain in council is just suicide for the area.. Nothing good will come out of it, it’ll only get worse and worse. My personal opinion.

    Mike Toffner is a joke, I spoke with him personally and he doesn’t know what’s going on.. he has unrealistic dreams that will only increase our taxes.

    Bev, well watching the live debate said it all (You can see the live debate on Brian’s website if you missed it).

    With regards to mayor, Doug Craig has my vote. Atinuke all the way for Regional Council.


  16. Jim Howard October 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Like many posting here I certainly have candidate choices that I consider to be the “cream’ in their wards.
    So I’ll list top picks in each of the other 7 then focus on Ward 8 (a very tough call) where I can actually make a difference.

    Those who have been following all candidates will quickly determine that my choices include those whose views do not generally reflect an agenda built around cutting taxes at the expense of strategic investment and planning.

    I can’t conceive how that approach will allow Cambridge to build its proper place as the preferred destination city in this region for new employers or families.

    For mayor I don’t believe we can go wrong with either Andrew Johnson or Doug Craig.
    Both are responsible individuals who have tremendous capacity/vision to look past our immediate needs and possess different but strong qualities that will help ensure we pull through the next 4 difficult economic years as winners in the region.
    This capacity has already been discussed from all angles so I’ll simply give my Tip to Andrew Johnson and move on.

    Ward 1:
    A number of excellent possibilities here, but really like Steve Halicki and Barbara Bierman for their organizational skills plus capacity to envision/plan a more vibrant community. Lean toward Steve Halicki.

    Ward 2:
    Can’t pass Rick Cowsill. Disagree with some of the positions he has taken at council but believe he has applied honest consideration to the issues before voting every time.
    Also like Visario Moustakis for his intensity and capacity to look past today.
    Believe he would add enthusiasm and fresh ideas to discussion.
    Nod to Rick Cowsill.

    Ward 3:
    Just don’t understand any of these candidates. Can’t understand where any of them would lead our city if it were within their capacity to set the agenda, so won’t make a choice.
    Guess I should have studied them more than I have.
    Anticipate it will be either Karl Kiefer or Brian Santos.

    Ward 4:
    History speaks for itself and I like what history says.
    Ben Tucci all the way.
    Deep thinking, creative, intense, focused and sincere.
    Seeks the best ways to grow Cambridge for everyone, regardless of political cost.
    Haven’t agreed with all his decisions but sure won’t question his commitment and integrity.

    Ward 5:
    Like both Brett Hagey and Rhonda MacDougall-Butcher.
    Both would bring excellent balance, listening and consensus building skills to the table along with fresh ideas.
    I’ll leave the choice to Ward 5 voters.

    Ward 6:
    Difficult. Thomas Vann and Shannon Adshade are both great choices. Probably Shannon brings a broader understanding of civic development along with ideas to help expand the city and the electoral process.
    Thomas brings a special and honest sincerity with him along with willingness to research issues until he has a complete understanding.
    Not locked into old or special interest thinking.
    Received a few lessons in campaign garbage well before this election got underway and wisely learned from those experiences.

    Like both candidates and will again leave selection to the ward voters.
    Would be nice if both of these gentlemen could win.

    Ward 7:
    Again a good field but I have only had significant discussion with Gary Berger.
    While our priorities aren’t quite the same, I have tremendous regard for his perspective overall.
    Wish he would look a little harder at strategic investment by the municipality, but fully appreciate his views vis a vis underfunded pension programs, social focus and LRT.
    Believe he would provide excellent balance and natural wisdom to council.

    Brings me to my ward (Ward 8). Very tough call.
    All 4 candidates have unique qualities and welcome new perspectives.
    Particularly like Bill Kirby, Susan Galvao and Nicholas Ermeta.

    While Gail Moorhouse does good research and throws herself into issues full bore.
    Definitely a fireball.
    I suspect she is also the least prepared to try understanding responsible alternatives, explore options or build consensus on controversial or difficult matters.
    Too willing to attack and question the actions or positions of others as opposed to focusing upon clearly defining the validity of her perspectives and priorities.

    Nicholas Ermeta is an accomplished student of the civic process and demonstrates that with his grasp of issues, past council decisions and research capacity.
    Perhaps not quite so clear as to where he would lead this community or help us improve the city’s overall image and structure to encourage new investment.

    This leaves me with Bill Kirby and Susan Galvao.

    Bill is an excellent communicator who would clearly articulate where he stands on particular issues and why he stands there. At the same time, he is a consensus builder who would find common ground and best overall solutions.
    Definitely looks past today while being keenly conscious of current regional, municipal and ward concerns.
    Understands Cambridge cannot stand still where taxes are concerned. Appreciates that we must expand the tax base and consider other potential municipal revenue streams beyond fees and taxation.

    Susan brings broad understanding of the importance of Cambridge establishing its place in the region and has concrete ideas to better build the city into a more exciting and inviting place to work and live.
    Deeply concerned with transit both within the city and intra/inter region along with the entire collection of LRT complexities.
    She sees correction of the entire transit/mobility issues as one prerequisite to defining Cambridge as “a City of choice” for new investors.

    I Like both of these candidates and can only vote for one.

    Nod to Bill Kirby for capacity to build support on important issues.

    This leaves Regional Councilors:

    No 1 Choice: Atinuke Bankole: Informed, Idealistic, Confident and Energetic.
    Will get her nose banged a bit, but I believe she has what it takes to responsibly represent Cambridge at the Region.
    Most important; she appears to have the focus and common sense essential to advance this city in a very positive way.

    2nd Choice: Jane Brewer.
    Still a lot of good mileage to go with the experience, contacts and solid reflection on ways to best enhance Cambridge as the best destination for new investment in the region.

    I’ll pass on school boards. Simply haven’t followed the issues closely enough. My bad!

  17. Margaret Barr October 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    What is there about you, Jim? I could (and do) agree with all (anyway, most) of your choices and ideas.

    It is saddening that people with your intelligence, foresight and depth of understanding are not running for municipal office (or any office).

  18. Jmac October 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Bankole will get my vote and I will only vote for one…I think that that is the best way to make the vote count.

    ka…I have been seriously considering Santos..fresh new ideas are whats needed. You are right about Toffner…my daughters came home , after the candidiates for the ward were at their school..She is 11, and said that she would never vote for him because he made “bad” promises..I asked her what he promised, she said that he told the kids that if they voted for him that he would put a pool in their school “with a big slide”…even an 11 year old saw through that.

    Good for her!!

  19. Jim Howard October 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Margaret;
    Guess it’s the 2 of us just “Hangin’ Out There”.
    How about you go for President of the World and I’ll take a shot at CEO.. LOL
    Take care,
    I’m sure we’ll be talking soon

  20. Richard Collins October 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    What? people agreeing with each other and being courteous? I must be on the wrong site. Sorry.

  21. Eddie Baker October 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Reading the other site reminds me of a monty python sketch. The one where the guy goes into an office and pays to have an arquement. Silly

  22. Margaret Barr October 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Richard, you’re not on the wrong site. You’re on the right one, if you want back and forth conversations, without name-calling, etc.

    The other site is ‘fun’ sometimes, but exactly an ‘open forum’.

  23. Margaret Barr October 24, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    oops…meant; NOT exactly and ‘open forum’.

  24. Margaret Barr October 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I am so laughing at myself; okay! here’s what I REALLY meant; NOT exactly an ‘open forum’.

    Three times to write one sentence correctly! I must be too sober to be on here….need a drink.

  25. Eddie Baker October 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    You gotta drink to be on here? Sweet, I will have to post more often

  26. @bretthagey October 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I think tomorrow night, one way or another, I’ll be having my first beer in over a year, lol

  27. Harold Fontaine October 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I like the way the polls on here are looking, it will really be interesting to see how close we all came to being right after tomorrow.

  28. Jimm Hillis October 25, 2010 at 12:06 am

    According to some people if the right candidates do not win the sun won’t rise on Tuesday!

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