This is a simple, tongue-and-cheek assessment of the four Otonabee Ward candidates for the October 27 election to city council in
Peterborough, Ontario. La politica
has also done assessments, posted separately, for Monaghan Ward
, Town Ward
, Ashburnham Ward
, and Northcrest Ward
. Each post has the same introductory paragraphs
provided below. So...you can skip those if you are clicking around.
The Ward assessments rely on two scores out of five for a
combined score out of ten. The first score is based on a candidate’s vibe, with
the second score assessing the stuff and things (stuff n’ things) that the
candidate proposes for Peterborough. The vibe scoring is purely subjective, and
the score for stuff n’ things doesn’t necessarily take a stand on issues (i.e.
parkway, taxation), but simply attempts to assess whether the candidate has
material proposals, or is campaigning on vague promises and areas of interest.
The total score out of ten does not provide a breakdown of
the category scores out of five, because stuff n’ things can have vibe, too,
and some vibe is so off the charts it might even be called a vibe economy, with
material effects on stuff n’ things.
You are confused, but not for long. At the end of the ward
summary we provide an assessment of who we think might win, and why. Remember:
you get two votes, as there are two council seats for each ward.
Otonabee Ward (also “Ward 1”) is in Peterborough’s central
south district. In the last election in 2010, 8,280 votes were cast. At that
time newcomer Lesley Parnell won with 2,994 votes, about 36% of the total. Dan
McWilliams garnered 2,514 votes, or about 30% of all votes, to take the second
seat. Both incumbents are running again, and are facing challenges from
newcomers Kim Zippel and Stephen Morgan. Camille Parent was running, but has dropped out due to illness.