Ward 9 should be one of the most interesting races to watch in this election. I know I will be following it closely because it mirrors Ward 10 where I live and covers the other half of downtown. I would like to take a moment to remind the candidates that this ward is not just Victoria Park and that the downtown doesn’t stop at Frederick Street or even Cedar Street–something Frank Etherington should keep in mind before he talks any more about the need to move Kitchener’s main post office from its King E. and Pandora Street location. Downtown Kitchener east of Frederick and especially east of Cedar needs some tender loving care and attention and I am counting on the Ward 9 Councillor to help make that happen. I will pay particular attention to the positions these candidate’s take on intensification of our downtown including their position on light rail transit.
This race is interesting because there are from where I sit there are three strong candidates. Unfortunately, two will not be serving on city council. The field on the left side of the political spectrum appears to be pretty crowded with Etherington, Debbie Chapman and Sandy MacFarlane competing for that vote. Etherington would have to be considered the front-runner at this point due to his name recognition. He also seems to have money if his full colour signs are any indication. Chapman though has been running a strong campaign and will be a contender. Graham Yeates appears to be the most centrist candidate and could benefit from the left wing split and finish on top. David Kuhn is campaigning hard too but even after looking at his well-done website, he still seems to be a wild card in this race and is not likely to finish in the top 3.
Do you live in this ward? What do you think? Please share your comments below.