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Woolwich Election Talk

Post #10970
12-29-2009 12:05 AM

Senior Moderator
Date Dec 2009 Location Kitchener Posts 3,497
Woolwich Election Talk 2010
Voting Day is October 25, 2010. Campaigns have started. This is a place to discuss them.

Post #10981
03-15-2010 05:22 AM

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Date Dec 2009 Location Kitchener-Waterloo Posts 2,672
Super-Stickied this thread so it will be easier to follow as we get closer to the election. 32 weeks to go. Is anyone here considering running for a position?
Post #10983
04-06-2010 10:09 PM

Date Jan 2010 Location Kitchener Posts 37
So which one of our Wonderful Waterloo members is going to be running?
Post #10992
07-12-2010 06:30 PM

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Date Jan 2010 Location Waterloo, ON Posts 599
Candidates ramping up for Woolwich mayoral race
By Steve Kanon | OBSERVER XTRA | Friday, July 9, 2010

Facing his first electoral race since 2000, Woolwich Mayor Bill Strauss says he’s happy to run on his record. He dismissed his challenger’s claims the township needs new ideas and leadership at the head of council.

“I think we are proactive. Look at that new building (Woolwich Memorial Centre): we listened to the people. We listen to everyone.

“I think we have a pretty good record to go on,” he said in an interview this week, reacting to remarks made by Elmira businessman Todd Cowan in announcing his candidacy.

While prepared for an election, Strauss said he was surprised Cowan was making a bid for his job instead of running for a council seat.

“I would like to see him run for council first and get some training, then run [for mayor] when I’m ready to step down.”

In response, Cowan said he decided to run for mayor rather than a council position because “we have to have change at the top – that’s where we need it most.”

In the face of growing challenges, Cowan said the township can no longer make do with reactive leadership dealing with issues strictly on a piecemeal basis.

“We need to be proactive. We should have policies in place rather than waiting for things to happen then reacting with a lack of leadership.”

With the campaign for the Oct. 25 municipal election in the early stages, Strauss identified property taxes as a priority. Noting Woolwich taxes are second lowest in Waterloo Region, he said he hopes to keep them that way.

“Dollars mean an awful lot to me – I was trained that way in business.”

He also points to a new Hwy. 7 corridor between Kitchener and Guelph as longstanding issue in need of resolution.

Strauss expects to run a low-key campaign, highlighting his experience. He’s been mayor since 1997, contesting that year’s election and again in 2000. He was acclaimed in 2003 and 2006.

“I’m out there. I want to be mayor for one more term anyway,” he said. “The only promise I make is that I’ll continue to be here for the people.”

For his part, Cowan is making use of the internet – a website (www.vision4woolwich.com), Facebook and Twitter – to roll out a platform and invite public input.

“My strategy is to come to the people with a proactive plan, to lead this township, to get it back on the rails,” said Cowan, stressing the need for a vision for the future.

The online presence has allowed Cowan to get an immediate response from the public. He’s getting 10 or 15 messages per day in response to his campaign.

“I’m getting lots of support, plenty of good feedback and lots of volunteers who want to help out.”

Post #13606
08-31-2010 06:59 PM

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Date Dec 2009 Location Kitchener-Waterloo Posts 2,672
Fluoridation Forum #2 | Thursday October 7, 2010 7:00PM - 8:30PM @ Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
Here are the new candidates since the last update.

Mayor: Pat McLean
Ward 1: Julie-Anne Herteis
Ward 2: Eric Schwindt
Ward 3: Bonnie Bryant
Post #14268
09-10-2010 03:46 PM

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Date Dec 2009 Location Kitchener-Waterloo Posts 2,672
Fluoridation Forum #2 | Thursday October 7, 2010 7:00PM - 8:30PM @ Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
September 10, 2010 Update

Ward 1: Mary Young & Allan Poffenroth are now candidates.
Ward 3: Douglas Nichols is now running.

No acclamations in Woolwich, for the full candidates list check out Post 1.
Post #14587
09-15-2010 02:39 PM

Senior Moderator
Date Jan 2010 Location Kitchener Posts 271
Biogas Plant becoming an Election Issue

I discovered and posted an article from the Elmira Observer and it can be found under the Proposed Biogas Power Generation Facility | Public Meeting April 6 thread.