In Chris Spearman, Faron Ellis, Mayor on June 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Today, Chris Spearman became the second person to officially announce his running to fill the upcoming vacancy in the mayor’s seat.
Current city councillor, Faron Ellis, was the first candidate, when he announced his intentions roughly three weeks ago, just two days after Rajko Dodic announced his resignation.
Spearman ran against Dodic in the 2010 election, one of six mayoral candidates. The election was a tight race between Dodic, Spearman, and Cheryl Meheden throughout the night. Dodic and Spearman each captured about a quarter of the popular vote (Meheden captured only a fifth), but Dodic managed a win over Spearman by only 208 votes (and about 1000 more than Meheden). The final tally was so close that Spearman had even considered asking for a recount.
For reference, Ellis was elected onto city council in 6th place, which does not seem to indicate popularity with the electorate.
Regardless, this will likely be an interesting race, especially once the other candidates come forward.
In 2013 Municipal Election on May 17, 2013 at 9:18 am
And so it begins.
Current mayor Rajko Dodic kicked off the campaign season by announcing earlier this week that he wasn’t running in the 2013 municipal election. What this means is that we can expect lots of candidates this election, for both mayor and city council.
Six candidates vied for mayor when David Carpenter stepped down in 2001, and five came forward when Bob Tarleck decided in 2010 not to run for a third term.
Likewise, voters had to chose from among 35 aldermanic candidates in 2001 and 30 in 2010 (33 if you count the byelection held after Bob Babki died).
Current city councillor, Faron Ellis, wasted no time announcing his intention to fill Dodic’s vacancy, becoming the first person to announce a candidacy this election.
His campaign slogan is “reasonable, responsible, and reliable leadership”, which is interesting given he has served only a single term on city council (Dodic had served two, Tarleck had served nine, and Carpenter had served three).
We look forward to the next 5 months.
In Robert Babki on November 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm
Last weekend, alderman-elect Bob Babki passed away as a result of what appears to be heart complications. Read below for media coverage on the issue:
In Uncategorized on October 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm
Several candidates in this year’s civic election published thoughts on the election results this week.
In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm
Want to know the results of the election without having to wait to read it tomorrow morning in the Lethbridge Herald? Both 94.1 The Lounge and Shaw TV will be providing live coverage.
Online coverage will be available at the following sources:
In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 11:20 am
Today is election day. Are you still unsure who to vote for? Maybe these resources can help.
In Controversies on October 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm
You have probably already read candidate views on business licenses in Lethbridge at Lethbridge Accountability.
Jenny Alston, a local home-based business owner and the founder of the Lethbridge Home Business Facebook page, recently sent a letter to candidates.
Read the answers from some of the candidates.
In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm
If you are still having difficulty choosing who to vote for this year and transit is an important issue to you, perhaps this post can help.
I attended the all-candidate meet and greet at the Lethbridge Senior Citizen Organization, and asked candidates for their ideas on how to increase transit ridership. Below are their responses.
Keep in mind that I missed 13 candidates (I ran out of time), and these are ideas, not promises. I list them in the order I talked to them.
- Liz Iwaskiw: UPass for students and a similar programme for seniors
- Bob Cooney: more routes, smaller buses, community routes, communicate with users, ask non-users what it would take to start taking transit
- Kay Adeniyi: Teleride, GPS-equipped buses, smartphone app
- Fiona Doherty: free transit, smaller routes, smaller buses
- Rory Tarant: redraw routes, extended hours, smart cards, more free days
- Ryan Parker: increase frequency
- Hazel Hart: free transit
- Rajko Dodic: convince people it’s more than an alternative
- Rod Hoeg: start earlier, end later, link Coaldale and industrial park, smaller busses on weekends
- Kevin Layton: more media coverage, discounted passes (e.g. annual)
- Kris Jones: alter routes, more community routes, bring back Dial-a-Bus
- Mel Fletcher: incentives at downtown events for transit users, get provincial/federal government to pay fares for those with disabilities
- Joyce van der Lee: analyze routes, express routes
- Jeff Coffman: increase frequency on arterials, smaller busses in some routes, more fuel-efficient busses, direct route between U of L and LC, address main routes and feeder routes will follow
- Lee Cutforth: shift empty busses from slow routes to heavy routes
- Lea Switzer: increase coverage of city, increase frequency, smaller buses
- Geri Hecker: education, encourage lifestyle change
- Dennis Carrier: express routes, education
- Margaret Simmons: increase frequency, education
- Joe Mauro: free transit in long-term, free Access-a-Ride, loonie per trip in short-term, increase frequency and coverage, eliminate bus stops (get on or off along the route wherever you want), smaller routes
- Jeff Carlson: free transit month
- Bev Lanz: students should be able to ride for free
- Bridget Mearns: research the issues and make transit more affordable to students, seniors, and those with disabilities
Update (16 October 2010): I visited with three more candidates at the Farmers’ Market today. Here were there responses:
- Blaine Hyggen: ride transit himself to get feedback from users
- Ken Tratch: better marketing, free for periods, conduct research on services, make Access-a-Ride fares more reasonable
- Tom Wickersham: UPass
In Cheryl Meheden, Chris Spearman, Dennis Carrier, James Frey, Kay Adeniyi, Rajko Dodic on October 10, 2010 at 9:31 pm
UPDATED from Lethbridge Accountabilty:
The poll used a free poll script and several technically literate folks abused it to the point where the results were useless.
Lethbridge Accountability outsourced a new poll that offers much better security. It also adds the option to indicate support for 1-8 Aldermanic candidates as well.
It uses a blind submission format, results will NOT be shared until 4:00 PM on the 13th (two hours before the start of the forum at the Yates)
The new poll is available here.
Lethbridge Accountability has posted a poll for the mayoral race. Check out their site and cast your vote.