Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bratina’s temper, agenda worry council

Bob Bratina has defeated two former mayors to win Hamilton’s top job.

The downtown councillor and longtime radio host won a surprising victory over his competitors Monday night, pulling in 37.44 per cent of the vote. Former mayor Larry Di Ianni came in second place with 28.5 per cent, while incumbent mayor Fred Eisenberger came in third with 27.17 per cent.

“This is a night to celebrate for the city of Hamilton,” said Bratina at his campaign headquarters at Ventura’s restaurant on James Street North, to the cheers of, “Bob! Bob! Bob! Bob!”

“This a great city to grow up in, the best city in Canada,” he said. “We’re going to bring the pride back.”

His wife Carol took the microphone next.

“No one deserves this more,” she said. “His time has come.”

Bratina will lead a council made up mostly of incumbents, with the exception of three new faces: Jason Farr in Ward 2, Brenda Johnson in Ward 11 and Judi Partridge in Ward 15. With her narrow victory over Councillor Dave Mitchell, Johnson was the only candidate to beat an incumbent.

Bratina won after a campaign that pitted three experienced municipal politicians against each other in an extremely tight race. Despite his late entrance, his lack of organization and advertising, and his slim platform, Bratina’s radio popularity and promise that “things will be different” ultimately convinced voters. (Source: Hamilton Spectator) http://www.thespec.com/news-story/2113930-day-1-for-mayor-elect-bob-bratina/