I’m an undecided voter, and I’m not too crazy about that.
Normally, I have a pretty good indication by now who will be getting the X beside their name in November.
This year, I have no idea.
I have the sense there are a whole host of people in this city in the same situation. No one has said or done anything that’s got me leaping in their direction in an electoral sense.
Platforms are generally the same, with some minor difference.
A star hasn’t risen out of the batch.
I am completely unsure of where my vote will go.
My only way out, as I see it, is this.
I need to investigate the hell out of their platforms, and make sure they’re all buttoned down tight. Every promise has to be fully funded, and not take away from critical services in this city, or add onerous fees by way of taxes or admission to recreation centres.
The candidates have to be completely aware of all of the issues, not just the obvious problem of crime. One-issue candidates never do well in this city.
There are a ton of other concerns they need to address.
Planning, bylaw enforcement, transportation, social problems like mental health and addictions, housing, just to name a few.
Candidates have to compose themselves well, and stand up firmly under pressure.
So, mayoral hopefuls, I’m coming with questions you might not want to hear. I may press a little hard if you seem dodgy.
I won’t apologize for that. This city is at a critical juncture. The right man or woman needs to be in that centre chair for the next four years.
I have six and a half weeks to figure out who that is.
Maybe, just maybe, our readers will benefit out of my zeal to sort this out.