And then there were three.
We’re still a year away from the next municipal election and already three high profile candidates have stated their intention to run for Mayor.
The incumbant Mayor,Bob Bratina, City Councilor Brian McHattie and now, we learn that former Mayor Fred Eisenberger is going to take a run at the top job.
Very different candidates with very different ideas; that means choices for the voters and that’s a good thing.
Rumours suggest that at least one or two more City Councilors may want to take a run at the top job.
What we’re missing so far, are new faces on the political scene.
Those young entrepreneurs and business types who have been so actively engaged in Hamilton’s renaissance will likely produce at least one candidate for Mayor who should bring a fresh new perspective to local politics.
And, in a City as ethnically diverse as Hamilton, I’m surprised that the strong, civic minded leaders from those groups don’t seek public office.
Of course, no one is officially in the race until they register as candidate next year, but I think we’re going to see a hotly contested Mayor’s race.
No Mayor has been re-elected in Hamilton since Bob Morrow coasted to a re-election victory in 1997.
Will that trend continue ?
Who knows, but it’s going to be a very interesting year ahead in Hamilton politics.