My Picks

By  | October 22, 2010 | 30 Comments | Filed under: Politics

I have promised several of you that I would post my election thoughts and picks before Monday so here they are.

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
From Bob Dylan – Times They Are a Changing

We are about to vote in the most important election in Cambridge history. On October 25th we will be electing an a minimum of three new councilors, one to replace Linda Whetham, and 2 for the new wards.
This means that at least one third, possibly more depending on how the incumbents do, of council will be inexperienced.
With voter turnout below 30 per cent for the past decade, at just over 25 per cent in 2006, few are deciding for the majority.
One of the most important decisions that will impact Cambridge voters is being decided outside our boundaries. Our neighbours in Kitchener and Waterloo are having a referendum on merging those two cities. If that happens not only will Cambridge be (more) overwhelmed at Regional Council, the beast of amalgamation will be sure to raise its ugly head again.
I have dealt with many of the candidates, particularly the incumbents, over the years I have dealt with many of the candidate, and these are my opinions. I have a strong inclination towards candidates who are art oriented, and will bring the recommendations of the vote for Voters Committee a reality.
These are my opinions, I look forward to reading yours.
I cannot stress enough how important this election is to the future of Cambridge. Get you ass out and vote.

Ward 1
I like Donna Reid. It’s not just the feistiness she showed in the Condo Canvassing Showdown, but the fact that she chaired the Vote for Voters Committee which has recommended some big changes for the next election. She is one of the candidates I am hoping will bring the local electoral process inline with current technology.

Ward 2
Rick Cowsill is probably my favorite on the current council. This crusty curmudgeon refuses to carry a Blackberry paid for by the taxpayers and has the worst attendance record on council but is loved by the residents “North of the 401.”
I have had to contact Rick on numerous occasions on behalf of readers in Hespeler, and Rick has never failed to not only call me back, but to contact his constituent and rectify the problem, if possible. Everyone I have ever contacted Cowsill for has been satisfied, and he is the only one on council I can say that for.

Ward 3

Karl Kieffer.

Ward 4
Ben definitely gets my vote. We need his experience on council. I have had to deal with Ben more than anyone else on council, and we seldom agree. Not only does he have to put up with me living in his ward, it includes the Galt Core which tends to draw more problems than the other wards.
My estimation of Ben rose several notches 2 years ago when we were having all the problems with crack cocaine downtown. One night, after a meeting, I took Ben on a tour of one of the problem buildings. No cops, no council, just Ben and I. He never hesitated, even when we took the stairs to the dark underground parking. Two weeks before he had toured The Royal Hotel, again no cops. The man has balls.
Ben’s secret identity is a banker. When he’s mayor in either 4 or 8 years I’m sure he’ll pull our financial shorts up.
Ward 5
Pam will win, and she deserves to. She is always there for her constituents; in fact she gave up a full time teaching job to sit on council. Her background as a local NDP candidate and her participation with Amnesty International puts her far enough to the left to counter Ben the Banker.
I would not be at all surprised to see Pam step up a level at some point and run provincially or federally.
Brett Hagey knows he won’t beat Pam, but it has given him a chance to get his feet wet in anticipation of the next election when cyberspace will be a decisive factor. The enthusiasm he has shown in embracing the issues and quickly learning the political ropes although he was a late entry tells me that this election is not a “one off” for Brett.
Ward 6
I’d like to see some change here. Thomas is a little too cozy with The Advocate, and Shannon went to school with my brother, so Shannon gets my fictitious Ward 6 vote.
Ward 7
This one is tough. I like Gary Berger, he strikes me as honest and sincere, if not a little naïve.
Frank W. Curnew I like for his blue collar background which I’m sure would benefit our residents employed in manufacturing but I pick Frank Monteiro.
I’ve known Frank since he was a rookie, the first Portuguese cop in Cambridge. He has worked the streets of this city for 35 years, and knows more about what happens there than any other candidate.
I believe his election promise to bring beat cops back to Cambridge. If anyone can do it, Frank can.
Ward 8
Nicholas Ermeta is young,but it is his goal to be a politician. (I know, that just sends the mental rolodex spinning, don’t it)
He ran in the last election, was at the forefront of the unsuccessful attempts to save our court services from moving to Kitchener, and his writing abou
t local issues has appeared in The Caambridge Times for years
Dougie. (you knew that!)
The Office of the Mayor is an easy target for everyone, and Doug Craig is no exception. Stuck at the Delta? Damned Doug! You can’t figure out how to drive on a roundabout? It’s Craig’s fault.
I’m not going to go into a big diatribe right now about why I support Doug Here’s a link to an article i wrote two years ago, and my mind hasn’t changed.

The Record

School Boards
The only ones I know that are running are Colin Carmichael and Cindy Watson. Cindy will get reelected, and I hope Colin does.
Colin is very in tune with social networking and it’s benefits; he was the one who started the Online Cambridge Reporter that degenerated into the advocate. He is very current on technology which is important if you are working with kids. He is the father of four toddlers(!) who will be going to school soon, he has a B.A. in Political Science and is an elder at his church.
‘Nuff said?

(Although we are allowed to pick 2, I only marked Colin on my ballot as I know she will get in, I did the same with my regional vote)

Regional Council

Jane and Claudette have done a great job but it’s time for some new blood. No-one has impressed me more this election than Atinuke Bankole . We need strong representation on the Region. LRT is a crock of shite, and the amalgamation issue is not done, the enemy is just regrouping.
Atinuke is energetic, knowledgeable, can think on her feet and has the balls to take Ken Seiling on. If she doesn’t get elected Cambridge it will be a loss for Cambridge.

Those are my picks, what are yours?

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30 Responses to My Picks

  1. Colin Carmichael October 22, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Thanks for the endorsement, Scot!

  2. Paul Willotson October 22, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Well, since this is an open game and we are musing here, this is the way I would like to see it.
    Ward 1:John Cosman, he impressed me at the televised Debate.
    Ward 2:I don’t know anybody here so I will go with Scot and take Rick Cowsill
    Ward 3:(my ward)This is where the youth takes over. Brian Santos all the way.
    Ward 4: Ben Tucci, love the Italian look and the feistiness.
    Ward 5: Brett is the only one that has been on here, and honestly tells what he thinks.
    Ward 6: Gary price is a bit of a snob i think, and i have no clue who either of the other two are i will agian go with scot and say Shannon.
    Ward 7:Frank Curnew all the way, law and order!
    Ward 8:Gail Moorhouse, I have seen Gail and she is a little package of brawn, just what we need on council!
    Mayor: Honestly, none of them. Doug is too smug,Linda i don’t trust and Andrew makes too many promised that make no sense to me. I’ll pass on the Mayor vote.

  3. ben tucci October 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the words of support all! Let’s hope the majority of Ward 4 feels the same way. It feels pretty good at the doors. I will proudly have knocked on most if not all of the doors in the Ward by end of Sunday.
    Best wishes, BEN

  4. dmac3000 October 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I agree with the original post. Completely. Only one void though – my struggle also – your second pick for Regional council …?


  5. Margaret Barr October 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Paul, Frank Montiero is the ‘law and order’ candidate; not Frank Curnew….Too many Franks to keep track of in Ward 7.

  6. Brett Hagey October 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Franks and Bergers, it’ll be forever known as the Food Ward

  7. Paul Willotson October 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Arr, when making a mistake slowly slither away. thanks for correcting that. The Food Ward, good one.

  8. Margaret Barr October 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Scot, re; your pick for Ward 6, you wrote:
    “I’d like to see some change here. Thomas is a little too cozy with The Advocate, and Shannon went to school with my brother, so Shannon gets my fictitious Ward 6 vote.”

    What does that mean that “Thomas is a little too cozy with the Advocate”? Just because he posts there (as he does here), makes you think he shouldn’t be elected in Ward 6???? That’s pretty lame, Scott; and if you’re not careful, remarks like that will make it appear that Debbie (Advocate moderator) is right when she claims you may be just a wee-bit of jealous of her site. (Which you shouldn’t be; this site and the Advocate are two completely different types of ‘blogs’……and I hope you keep it that way.)

  9. @bretthagey October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Thank you for the vote of confidence, Paul! It’s been an eye-opener for sure, and I can see why both Rhonda and myself are gaining the confidence of many constituents, all is not as rosy in Ward 5 as some may be led to believe, and I believe I made the right choice in giving Ward 5 another potential voice to address their municipal affairs.

  10. Brian Santos October 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you Paul for your support along with many others i can only hope for the same support monday. Wish everyone a great weekend.

    Best regards,
    Brian Santos

  11. Jimm Hillis October 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I will chime in here and just say that who someone associates with is not always a way judge people. In Thomas’s case, while not knowing him that long i have come to consider him someone that tells it like it is but is willing to listen to both sides before making a judgment. And I now consider him a friend. If i was in his ward he would get my vote. But on the same side, Scot is entitled to his opinion as much as anyone else and at least he explains the reasons why he thinks the way he does unlike many who just run with the pack and don’t think for themselves.

  12. Margaret Barr October 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Jimm, true enough, on all counts. I’m just looking forward to the day when voter’s ‘reasons’ include important issues and, not just ‘who knows who’, etc… I know, I’m dreamin’ 😉

  13. scot October 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    To be honest Margaret, i haven’t followed ward 6 much and i was being a little facetious.
    Jimm, the way I see it my job is to keep people talking here, and when I voice my opinion they tend to do that 🙂

  14. Margaret Barr October 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Scot, we sure agree on one candidate; Antinuke Bankole.

  15. scot October 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Sorry, I should have kept my Franks straight. This is why journalists use last names. 🙂

  16. scot October 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    dmac, I only picked one for regional council because by not picking a second candidate, or third in the case of the school board, is because it strengthens the vote for Atinuke.
    Perhaps Margaret can explain it better as it is very important for candidates on the bubble like Colin and Atinuke.

  17. @bretthagey October 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    For those looking for opinions of Robert Ross and Gord Hobbs, Regardless of who you vote for mayor, there’s an interesting video clip titled “Voter Response” that you would be interested in seeing, to assist in your decision-making for Monday.

    Good luck, gentlemen!

  18. Allan Dettweiler October 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    If the little poll The Citizen is taking is any indication, it looks as if Craig and Tucci will probably stay. I’m not thrilled about that. I’m happy with Cowsill. Pam Wolfe has done fairly well – I surprised myself by voting for her – an NDP’er, last time. But, she showed up at the door. And she worked to save the Little Red Barn. Some have told me she has ended up being a little too cozy with the Mayor and joined his voting block. With the shift of wards, I don’t have to worry about whether to vote for her this time. If Rhonda wins, that will be good with me as well. I was scared shitless that my new Councillor would be Gary Price – but he seems to have shot himself in the leg recently which should see Tommy Vann replacing him. For this I truly rejoice!
    I thought Kiefer would be unbeatable – but maybe not. I’ll be happy with anyone who can defeat him. He’s been in long enough.
    As far as Wards 7 and 8, I haven’t taken the time to look closely. I’m kinda cheering for Frank Monteiro but Berger seems to be a good choice as well.
    Bottom line is that there should be enough new blood to break up the old voting block. For that I am delighted.

  19. ben tucci October 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I have to say I am very pleased with the poll results so far. It mirrors what I’m hearing at the doors. My wife and I will have knocked on almost all of the doors in the Ward by Sunday night.
    This will hopefully make the difference. As I’ve said here before, win or lose I will continue to hold my head high, proud of this City and proud of my contribution to making it an even better place. Best wishes, BEN

  20. KB October 23, 2010 at 3:33 am

    You all can say who you think will win. But MARK my words, we are going to get a to see a whole new council this time around. The VOTERS are going to take back the city from Doug’s gang.
    My picks are Ward 1- John Cosman Ward 2 – Rick Cowsel Ward 3 – Brain Santos Ward 4 – Jan Liggett Ward 5 – Pam Wolf Ward 6 – Thomas Vann Ward 7 – Frank Monteiro Ward 8 – Susan Galvao

    Mayor – Linda Whetham Regional – Robert Ross ‘ Cladette Millar

  21. Jimm Hillis October 23, 2010 at 3:40 am

    We will see a few new faces in council that is for sure. and that is a good thing i agree. Thanks for your Contribution KB, it is always appreciated.

  22. Scotty Moffatt October 23, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Ok, let me have a go at this.
    For Mayor I like Dougie, he is feisty and we need that. Ward 1, Donna Reid same reason as liking Dougie. Ward 2, Rick Cowsill one of only 2 councillors i want to see back. Ward 3, a tough call but I will go with Brian Santos, the young ones got to start sometime. Ward 4 is a no brainer, Ben Tucci, he balances Rick Cowsill and is not afraid to take on the mayor. Ward 5 I am going with Rhonda Butcher, she will bring sexy back to council. Ward 6 i am voting for Tom Vann, anyone who loves animals as much as him would respect the citizens just as much. Ward 7 is the burgomaster. Frank Berger is a bright energetic person. Ward 8 is Bill Kirby, the male equivalent to Rhonda Butcher. And Colin Carmicheal is the only one for the School Board. Regional councilor is Atinuke Bankole and for Chair Seiling gets my vote by default.

  23. Randy October 23, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Well this is a very interesting poll, so here goes, I will be voting for Doug Craig ( Mayor) , I live in Ward 4 and from talking to as many of my neighbors and family that live here it is a No Brainer Ben Tucci all the way, now I have to agree with Scot on this one, this young man is the most passionate, hardest working candidate whom attends many Cambridge and Regional council meetings, he wants so badly to represent his ward and this great city , he does not have a mean bone in his body and has so much in the way of knowledge, energy and Fairness to offer us and if elected he will be a true asset to city council Ward 8 candidate Nicholas Ermeta this young man is the Youth we need. Well thats it for now.

  24. John Caffrey October 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Linda Whetham
    Gord hobbs
    Rick cowsill
    Bev Mcdowell
    Ben Tucci
    Pam Wolf
    shannon Adshade
    Gary Berger
    Bill kirby
    Robert Ross-Claudette Miller
    Colin Carmichael
    Ken Seiling

  25. Jimm Hillis October 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Between you and Dixon Hand, what is a boy to do?

  26. scot October 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    The Replies here will be entered in Danny’s Contest.
    You could win $100!

  27. scot October 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I’m reposting this from another thread.

  28. R. MacDougall-Butcher October 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you Brett for the vote of confidence…you really are a nice guy. Cheers!

  29. Margaret Barr October 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Rhonda. Good to see you here, but I’ve missed something, I think.

    Where did Brett give you a ‘vote of confidence’? (Or are you being feistily facetious?)

    If Brett had any real confidence in you, (and wasn’t merely ‘being political’) surely, he would not have run against you for Ward 5; possibly splitting the vote and putting the incumbent right back in office. Thoughts??

  30. Lary Turner October 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Seems like a good time to share this story:

    John was in the fertilized egg business.
    He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets,’ and ten
    roosters to fertilize the eggs.
    He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.
    This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.
    Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance which rooster was performing.
    Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.
    John’s favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all!
    When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
    To John’s amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring.
    He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
    John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Saint Lawrence County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.
    The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the “No Bell Piece Prize,” but they also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well.
    Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace
    and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention!

    Vote carefully this fall; the bells are not always audible.

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