In 2006, Kingston’s mayoral election was arguably fought and won over a single, campaign-defining issue. In one corner, the incumbent Harvey Rosen bet it all on the K-Rock Centre, while contender Rick Downes countered with a move to put the breaks on construction of Kingston’s multi-million dollar Large Venue Entertainment Centre. When the last ballot was cast, Rosen dangled from a razor thin margin of 730 votes, a mere 1.93 percent more than Downes. With Rosen’s announcement that he will not seek a third term in the big chair, and 5 candidates already declared, there’s a great deal of speculation as to who will be elected Mayor of Kingston on October 25th, 2010. Equally as important, this week’s poll question asks:
What issue/project will define the 2010 Mayoral election?
- Third Crossing over Cataraqui River (255%, 51 Votes)
- Invista Centre Aquatic Centre (125%, 25 Votes)
- Big Box vs Downtown Development (120%, 24 Votes)
- Something Else Entirely (100%, 20 Votes)
- New Space for City Administration (10%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 122
The election drum may be faint at the moment, but we’re closing in fast on the deadline for candidates to announce their intention to run for Kingston’s top political job. Kingstonist has been gauging public opinion on a great deal of issues ranging from the necessity of a third crossing to recreational infrastructure, as well as the closure of local prison farms. Up until now we haven’t really asked whether there’s a single issue that you would be willing to base your Mayoral vote on. Perhaps the 2006 election was a totally different beast than the 2010 race, in which case this race will be defined by numerous focal points. In any case, please drop a few comments off below to let us know what you’re basing your vote on this time around.
Thanks to Sony200Boy for today’s photo of after a Take Back Parliament meeting in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester.