Candidate Profiles In 5…4…3…2…1…

To help you prepare to vote in the October 24 city election, we once again sent out prairie dog’s Very Serious And Very Incisive Candidate Questionnaire. We asked the people running for council and mayor such hard hitting questions as, “What’s your favourite restaurant?” and “What are you reading lately?” We forced them to pick sides on such heated conflicts as “Vampires vs Werewolves” and “Giant Grasshopper vs. Stegosaurus”. We even let them ask and answer a question of their own devising.

Oh, and we also asked them things like “What’s the most important issue facing the city right now?” and “What was the current council’s biggest mistake?”

Already, several sets of responses have come in and in a few minutes, the first of our Candidate Profiles will start to appear on the blog.

But before they do, a couple notes….

First, these profiles are straight from the candidates and are like 99 per cent unedited. I’ve formatted them for presentation here but I haven’t cleaned up anyone’s spelling or grammar. So, if there’s something wrong in a question, that’s my fault. If it’s in an answer, well, that isn’t.

Second, I’ve disabled comments on the profiles. There will be plenty of posts about the election and if you want to discuss the pros and cons of the various candidates, please do so there.

Third, you may notice that we aren’t really covering the school board races this time around. We agree that this is a Very Bad Thing. Unfortunately, there are just waaaaaaay too many people running for council and mayor this election and too few people at the prairie dog. We’re going to be run ragged just getting everything together on the city hall side of things. Taking on the public and separate school board races, as important as they are, would leave us crazed, shivering wrecks. So, if you’re looking for info on those, you can find candidate profiles for everyone running for trustee on the city’s website.

And that’s it. Expect to see excerpts from these profiles appear in the October 18 print issue of prairie dog. And keep up to date with all our online election coverage by checking out our Regina 2012 City Election page.

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.

9 thoughts on “Candidate Profiles In 5…4…3…2…1…”

  1. Thanks for this, Paul.
    While it’s unfortunate that school board once again becomes the stepchild as far as the media are concerned, at least you won’t be putting pd in a conflict of interest situation.

  2. Barb: are you referring to the fact that, since prairie dog co-founder and BFF April Bourgeois is running for the Public School Board in subdivision 2, her connections to this paper would give her an unfair advantage if we covered that election?

    Nonsense.

    We’re professionals here. I can assure you that even though our dear, dear friend April Bourgeois is a delightful person who (quite properly) supports neighbourhood schools rather than big-box commuter schools (as an example of the type of sensible policies she favours), we won’t give her any preferential treatment.

    Sure, April Bourgeois, Public School Board candidate for Subdivision 2, will fight for properly funded and maintained schools. And absolutely, she isn’t the type to spout a bunch of bullshitty management jargon instead of specific and practical ideas (like some other worthy subdivision 2 candidates possibly might do).

    No, it would be very, very wrong for us to mention April because she’s a friend who shares our values. I promise, you won’t catch us encouraging people to vote for her.

    Even though we love April and she’s great.

    If anyone wants to read about the marvellous April Bourgeois, a terrific gal and Public School Board Candidate for Subdivision 2, they’ll just need to visit here.

    Trivia: did I ever mention that April’s the person who made me apply for this job, and she was one of the people (along with her husband, Mitch) who hired me?

  3. Yeah, I don’t know, Barb. If we just did what we did last time — which was to send out the same questionnaire to everyone running for council or school board then run their responses as written — then I don’t think that would risk a conflict of interest.

    But formatting each of those responses — especially the ones that arrive “curiously arranged” — takes time. And with the number of candidates running, something had to get cut.

    So… ultimately, it was a time and person-power thing.

  4. NOTE: I edited my previous comment about April Bourgeois, Public School Board candidate for Subdivision 2 because more words needed to be in bold text.

  5. Ugh, sorry to hear you won’t be doing the trustee profiles this year. I had fun filling it out last time.

    Not sure if this would help, but couldn’t you do the profiles in Google Forms then then a marco on the excel output to pre-format the results? It could cut like 80% of the work for you. I don’t know what software you run the site so I have not idea if that would work for you.

    Regardless, thanks for doing the rest of the profiles. I enjoy reading them.

    Tim

    Tim

  6. Yeah. Sorry Tim. We really wanted to do school board again but it just wouldn’t happen.

    The Google Forms idea is cool. Maybe next election. But, seriously, we can’t add on anything else right now.

  7. @Paul,

    Oh, I totally understand the issue with not having enough people to do it right now. Sorry I should have made that more clear in my comment, that the Google Forms idea would likely be for next time.

    Tim

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