A Little Help For Undecided Ward Three Voters

There are going to be some very interesting ward races on Wednesday. There are, for instance, the two rematches: Gray trying to retake Ward 5 from Findura and Flegel trying to knock Szarka off his perch in Ward 10. And I have to admit I’ve no idea who’s going to be the Rocky and who the Apollo Creed in either of the those contests. And to be honest I’m actually more interested to find out if a Clubber Lang will emerge in those wards four years from now. Because really, a little Mr T would be great for Regina’s self esteem, don’t you think?

Or, wait. Aren’t we just coming off 12 years of a little Mr T?

Maybe this analogy has flown off the rails.

Anyway, what this post was supposed to be about is the unpredictable way votes could split in Ward 3. Seven candidates, six of whom seem to be reading from the same playbook: be nice, be progressive, be a bit of a renegade but not so much the renegade that people stop taking you seriously. (The seventh candidate, Justin Slobodan, seems to be running some kind of stealth campaign.)

From what I’ve seen, Susan Birley and Shawn Fraser have the most lawn signs out in the community. But Don Young and Shirley Dixon have both run in the ward before and built up a lot of support and name recognition. And Eric Anderson and Janice Muir both performed extremely well in the forum.

Six candidates who all seem like the right kind of candidate for the ward. The vote might get diced up pretty fine.

As evidence of how fractured things are here, election day is only two days off but I know a lot of Ward 3 residents who are still undecided. Or decided but troubled by the decision they’ve made. They want more information but are running out of time.

Well, as it happens, I recorded the Ward 3 candidates’ forum at the Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre. And, to help you undecided voters out — or maybe to muddle your thinking even worse — I’ve uploaded it to prairie dog’s server so those of you who missed it can have a listen.

The file’s huge so I won’t be streaming it.

Download the Cathedral Ward 3 Candidate Forum. (51.9MB mp3)

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Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

6 thoughts on “A Little Help For Undecided Ward Three Voters”

  1. The Ward 3 as well as the Mayoral race have shaken (shook?) my faith in democracy, yo! I can live with 3-to-4-wat federal and provincial votes splits (tho am not against prop. rep.) but this municipal 9-way makes a JOKE out of the whole election. None of youse media people are saying that: a 9-way race is a JOKE. 7-way isn’t much better. As I’ve pointed out, all a mayoral candidate needs, hypothetically, is 12% of the vote to become mayor.

    There should be a bylaw that kicks in, when you have 5 or more candidates in ANY eelction, you go to a run-off vote or preferential ballot. This whole “chips fall where they may” attitude is, I’ll say it again, a JOKE.

  2. As municipal elections are under the jurisdiction of the province, no “bylaw” would do. If you are as concerned as you say you are, Talbot, you should be talking to the Hon. Jim Reiter, who is the minister with responsibility for municipal affairs, among other things. His office can be reached at 306-787-6100.

    As to the number of candidates, I think it’s great that so many people want the opportunity to serve, or at the very least to get their ideas about life in Regina out into public view. It’s not unusual to see a lot of contenders step forward when a long-term elected official decides not to seek re-election; I take it as a sign of a healthy democracy.

  3. TFjr where were you , when Patty won by Acclamation in 2003?
    I moved back here that year,after the election.

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