Apparently Maria McRae is going to be running again for City Councilor in River Ward. (She’s the incumbent.)
During the last municipal election I emailed both candidates with questions, and based my vote on their responses. I wasn’t particularly impressed with either of them, but I voted for Blake Batson, the guy who lost.
I won’t be voting for Ms. McRae this time round either. I contacted her a few times during the last few years, about different issues, and found her to be disinterested in me except while campaigning. She did not return calls. She did not answer emails.
In fact, last November she sent around a letter asking for volunteers for a working group about The Oaks (the new Shepherds of Good Hope housing on Merivale), so I volunteered. A month or so later, I followed up with a phone call and was told by a staffer that they’d be in touch early in the new year. Some time after that I emailed Ms. McRae about the proposed Nuisance Noise bylaw, and while I was at it, I reminded her that I’d never been contacted regarding the working group.
Two weeks later I followed up again.
One of her staff called and apologized profusely on my answering machine, blaming a former employee for the fact that I’d never been contacted about the working group. She said the working group had only met once so far, and I would be contacted for the second meeting, probably in May. She apologized too for the fact that my email about the nuisance bylaw had somehow slipped through the cracks, but said there would be another debate in Council, and Ms. McRae would be made aware of my opinion.
I never heard from anybody ever again. Not about the working group, not about the nuisance bylaw.
So that’s it. I’ve written her off.
I’m familiar with Kostiuk, and won’t be voting for him.
Hopefully Nadia Willard is good, because it looks like she’s getting my vote. From what I can tell so far, she does sound promising. She’s a nurse who grew up in a low-income family, and she has been active in poverty, labour and disability issues.
As for the mayoralty race, I haven’t decided who to vote for yet. But I can say that the process of elimination began four years ago.