My Choices

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Like all members of this city, i have an idea now of whom i want to vote for in October. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and i would be disappointed if everyone did agree with me. I am not going to go through all the wards but i have a few things to say about some.

MAYOR: I like Andrew Johnson, but in the long run i would have to throw my support behind Linda Whetham. She has a grasp of the way council runs and of how the City runs. She has a good support group around her I believe, and is the polar opposite of our current Mayor and using a sports terminology, it’s time to change the coach and go in a different direction. With the right people elected to help her she should have no problem as our next mayor.

Ward 3: This is my Ward, and i believe it is definitely a time for change here. Karl has, at least to me, had his day and we need fresh new blood in here and my choice would be Bev McDowell. I have met Bev and find her feisty and well informed and while some may think she is a loose cannon, she knows how to play with the big boy’s and will bring a fresh face and attitude to a staid little council.

Regional Council:  Here i go between a new face and an old face. Claudette Miller has still some good ideas and should be giving another term and she can help to bring along Robert Ross, who can learn everything at the hands of a master. He will be able to observe and eventually be the go to guy for Linda at the Region.

So, that’s my choice, what are yours?


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14 Responses to My Choices

  1. Colin Carmichael September 15, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Your choices for School Board Trustee?

  2. Paul Willotson September 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Colin Carmichael?

  3. John Caffrey September 15, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Sorry Colin, as someone who’s children have grown up and moved away, i admit that the School races have not been a priority of mine. But i will examine it a little closer and then let you know! Agreed?

  4. Robert Ross September 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Interesting scenario…………

  5. John Caffrey September 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I hope so!!!Are you a quick learner?lol

  6. Robert Ross September 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Very quick!! I relish challenge and new experiences.
    Cannot wait to see how Monday turns out…….should be fun!!

  7. Linda Warnock September 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I like john Cosman for ward 1, but as for Mayor? I am still undecided but leaning towards Doug Craig. I like our regional council the way it is and will vote for the two”Ladies”, and yes Colin I am looking at the school board issues very closely, but have not made my mind up at all on that.

  8. Robert Ross September 18, 2010 at 7:23 am

    To Linda Warnock

    What is it about the incumbents that gives them your support?
    I am not going to try to change your mind, but as a candidate I would like to know what they are doing or have done in the past that gives them your support.

    I am sure there are other voters out there that would like to know the reasons others have for supporting one person over another.

    I would appreciate the feedback.

    Robert Ross

  9. Jmac September 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Ward #3 is my ward too…I am torn on this one…for me Bev McDowell has posted allot of nonsense about cost cutting etc…not that cost cutting is bad, but you cant run a city on lint and buttons as she seems to think…Keifer has been a good councillor for the most part, but in seeing him around Preston, there is allot of back slapping and ‘ole buddyisms with him…it more like Karl my buddy rather than Karl the councillor….dunno yet..

  10. Jimm Hillis September 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I guess the challenge has been laid in front of you and the others running Mr.Ross, convince the staid voters of this city that change is not a dirty word.

  11. Linda Warnock September 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Change for change sake does not always work, from what i have read in the past it seems that the two incumbents have done a very good job keeping our interests out there and i am happy with the way things are going in Cambridge, a doomsayer i am not.

  12. Robert Ross September 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm


    I appreciate the respnse.

    In my experience the current councillors have done very little to advance Cambridge in the Region.They both voted in favour of LRT even though they did not like the idea of buses only for our city. This to me shows a lemming-like position.If they did not like the deal Cambridge is to get, they should have voted against.

    Both councillors served as Mayor of our city, they both blame the Region for the traffic woes we now have.They should have had the foresight in the original planning of the community to deal with it before it got to this point.Now they say solutions are forthcoming for the Delta and Franklin………too late….the solution is band aid at best.

    Claudette Millar in her Record interview and her Chamber interview bemoaned that Cambridge has no voice… has a voice, hers, either she isn’t using it or isn’t loud enough.This is a recurring theme amongst all Cambridge’s Regional Reps.

    Do we place faith in the past mistakes and omissions of the current elected officials or do we give new people a chance to prove themselves.

    I admit to not having the experience of sitting on council for the past 10yrs or being Mayor before.What I can tell you is that I have initiative, drive and a love of this City. I will bring new energy to the table, fresh ideas and an open mind.

    If the past performance of the officials meets your criteria, then I will not convince you otherwise.I do know that there are many who do not feel the same, and I am putting myself out here believing that I do meet their criteria.

    Thank you for answering my question.

  13. Jimm Hillis September 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    We don’t have to change everything Linda, but some areas do need to be changed sometime. Someone used a sports analogy and i will too, sometimes you can’t change the entire team so you have to change the coach. And in Cambridge perhaps that is what is needed, the coach and some of his players. We don’t need an entire change bi=ut selective improvements and it has to start at the top.

  14. Brandon September 23, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I am going with Doug Craig for mayor, donna Reid in Ward 1, Jane Brewer and Doug Whetham for Region.

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