On Friday evening May 28 I spent an interesting evening attending an “open house” run by Redmond Wissenberger – Candidate for City Council – Ward 13, Parkdale-High Park. Redmond is running against a long-time incumbent, Bill Saundercook.
Redmond delivered an interesting, motivating presentation, which was followed by a Q and A session. He is energetic, knowledgeable, eager to learn more, and above all else – Redmond wants to do a good job for the residents of Ward 13. Redmond is neither an incumbent nor backed by a political party.
There are three categories of candidates in Toronto elections:
2. Party backed candidates – Political parties are not allowed to run candidates in municipal elections. That said, some parties have been known to throw their organizational resources behind candidates.
3. Independent Candidates – which are at a severe disadvantage because they neither the advantage of incumbency nor political weight of a political party behind them.
Furthermore, these three kinds of candidates are either:
– creations of the media (whose support is first invented by the media followed by actual support from voters); or
– candidates who have or are trying to generate actual support from voters.