I find it a bit disturbing at the lack of people stepping up to run for Collingwood Town Council, Deputy Mayor or Mayor of Collingwood.
We are now three and half months into the election campaign and we only have one person stepping up for Mayor. No one stepping up for Deputy Mayor. And only five out of seven declaring for council. The message that this sends is that everyone is happy with the status quo and that this present administration has done a great job. We all know that that is not the case.
All of you out there that are non-incumbents, who are contemplating making a run for a position, should realize that the longer you leave this, the less time you are giving the electorate a chance to get to know you and why they should vote for you. Although that being said, there is still one non-incumbent, that has declared, that I still know as little about now as I did the first week he declared. Not sure how that person thinks he can get elected on that basis, 90% of getting elected into a local government is name recognition.
I don’t for the life of me understand why candidates, both incumbents and non, leave declaring until half way through the election cycle. Actually I must correct myself on that, it is mostly politics and a little bit of getting your house in order to run, but then again its not like the date of the election is a surprise. We all know that the municipal election after this one will be somewhere around the third week in October 2018. I would be thinking about that election now if I intended to run and getting my personal and financial house in order with lots of time in front of me. Take our Mayor for instance. If I were a competent self assured incumbent Mayor, who believed that I had done a pretty decent job over the past three and a half years. I would be lining up on the first day that I could to put my name forward. I would not wait and see what anyone else is doing. I would not wait and see what happens with an OPP investigation that apparently has no merit. I would send a clear message that I have enjoyed being this towns Mayor, that I am ready and willing to continue the good work that I started in my first mandate. But we all know that that is not the case. The same goes for all the councillors that were sitting around that table last night that have not made there intentions clear. So recap if you haven’t declared yet, pick your poison. You are already playing political games or you are ill prepared to be running for elected office.
I like the fact that Joe Gardhouse declared for Mayor early and first. I also like that he has stood up to be counted with a platform and is open to any questions and scrutiny that people like myself can throw at him. I want to be clear on this, I did not like the fact that Joe quit his council position in 2005. But I must confess he is going up in my estimation every week he is the lone Mayoralty candidate. Especially when you go to the towns website and keep seeing his name as the lone name under the Mayors heading. It makes you start to get used to the idea. I don’t think that this was a political move by Joe, because he is the least political person, (behind Berman). That is involved in the local political scene. But I do think this has ended being a damn good political move by him.
I also like the fact that Deb Doherty stood up after declaring and thrust herself into the quagmire of the Admiral Collingwood Place debacle. She was accused by Mr. Assaff of playing political games in the “silly season”. Sorry Mr. Assaff you have had your way with this current council for three and a half years. What this should tell you is with people like Steve Berman and Deb Doherty on council that is about to radically change. But it needs more of you. I’ve heard the rumours as I am sure many of you have. Every week I hear that so an so is going to run for Deputy Mayor, or such and such is running for council.
The time has come ladies and gentleman. As my cockney grandfather William H Barrett from the East End of London used to say “Oi you!! Shit or get off the pot my son”.