Dear Ward 7 Neighbours:
With three weeks until the close of nominations, there are already 13 people registered to run in the Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 by-election for City Council.
Of the thirteen currently registered, only four actually live in Ward 7.
(John-Paul Danko, Tim Gordon, Phil Bradshaw and Uzma Qureshi live in Ward 7, in case you are wondering.)
CBC Hamilton recently ran an article on the crowded field of Ward 7 candidates, highlighting how important every vote will be.
You can read full the piece here:
Here are a few excerpts:
…whoever wins will likely only get in by a few hundred votes, says Henry Jacek, a McMaster University political science professor. The winner will carry weight at the table, but it’s hard to get people interested in byelections.
That means it could come down to who has more friends in the ward, or who has just a few more volunteers.
Not surprisingly, most of the candidates who live in the ward say it matters, while those who don’t say it doesn’t.
I’d like to know what you think – would you vote for a Ward 7 representative who doesn’t actually live in Ward 7?
Is living on “the mountain” close enough?
Personally, I believe that your Ward 7 City Councillor should certainly live in Ward 7. If you don’t live here you cannot be personally invested in what happens here – it is as simple as that.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!
John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate
Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain
WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS SAY ABOUT JOHN-PAUL DANKO