I expect this ward to remain in incumbent Kelly Galloway hands though it appears to be a spirited contest.
The challenger who appears to have the most support is Sunder Pal Rajasansi. I have tried repeatedly to access his website using both Chrome and Internet Explorer and have been unable to access it. There’s either a problem with the site or on my end. Either way, it’s made it difficult for me to assess his credentials and platform.
There’s a part of me that wonders what it would be like for this part of Kitchener to be represented by someone other than a Galloway. There’s another part of me that believes it is important for our city’s cultural diversity to be represented at City Council–especially in this ward. But also think that on a Council dominated by newcomers that we stick with experience and that we need to be sure there is a good gender balance on council.
So I’m leaning towards Kelly Galloway as the best choice but before I can be sure I’d like to hear from people who live in Ward 5–especially from those sporting a Sunder Pal Rajansansi sign on their front lawn.
I don’t believe either of the other two candidate’s are contenders. I like though that Narine Sookram’s signs seem to have flourescent paint–an innovation I’ve been waiting to see on election signs for many years. Lorne Bruce appears to be a viable candidate but in my trips out that way, I haven’t seen enough support to challenge an incumbent.
What do you think?