Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big News

After a cryptic conversation with Paul Brown last week, during which he mentioned that I should "keep Monday the 3rd clear", it turns out he's announcing three new candidates for City Council at noon in front of City Hall.

Not only that, but the candidates will be running as a slate, something that hasn't been done since the 2005 election hammered the VCE into non-existence. Coupled with the "Dean Team" unofficial slate and the impressive list of backers for both sides, this is going to be a truly vicious election. I'm excited, are you?

So today I met with this group's - we'll call them the Other Slate - campaign manager. He outlined a platform focusing on changing the way Council operates, streamlining municipal services and operations, and generally gathering the reins on City Hall.

Who's on the Other Slate? I won't ruin the surprise, and anyway it's no one you know (yet). Make no mistake - these are not big names, but this slate is going to be a contender. The list of backers, organizers, and endorsements for the Other Slate will ensure that.

The Other Candidates

In the meantime, it looks like Shellie Gudgeon has also semi-announced that she will run for Council. Shellie is the owner of the Fifth St. Bar and Grill, and has been heavily involved in the Hillside-Quadra neighbourhood and the community at large since setting up shop in Quadra Village.  She has never run before, and her website is not up yet but will be here.

Stay tuned for another update on Monday after the Paul Brown announcement, and for our continuing Know Your Candidate interview series.

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