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2014-01-20 at 13:54

Hobbs to run

Mayor Keith Hobbs (right) files for re-election Monday in the city clerk
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
Mayor Keith Hobbs (right) files for re-election Monday in the city clerk's office.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

Mayor Keith Hobbs isn't ready to give up the reins of the city.

"I'm driven to make this city the best it can be," he said Monday after filing for re-election at city hall.

"I've worked hard, probably harder than any mayor in history. I've worked over 100 hours a week as my family can attest to," he said, adding he's destined to make Thunder Bay a great place for generations to come.

Hobbs is excited to be running again and believes the city is on a great course.

Citing the strategic plan forged three years ago to make Thunder Bay a healthy, vibrant and connected city, the mayor said it's well on its way.

This year is probably going to see the largest assessment growth the city has seen in decades, he added, noting record building permits and commercial construction in the past three years.

"We're looking after the social infrastructure as well as the physical infrastructure and I'd be very excited if I could lead that surge forward for another four years," said Hobbs.

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Continuing to tackle the infrastructure deficit by 2016 is something the mayor is looking forward to working on if re-elected and Hobbs listed the proposed event and youth centres as other upcoming projects.

Hobbs is the second candidate to file for mayor.

Douglas David Mackay filed on Friday.

Mackay in 2006 ran against Lynn Peterson. Peterson won the contest with 85 per cent of the vote. Mackay received 1,988 votes, behind Jim Gamble's 2,733 votes.

Mackay also ran for the federal marijuana party in 2006.

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YeahBuddy says:
well you didn't put up my latest post...I guess you work for dougall media...you guys shouldn't comment on this site and to edit 781 agrees on my post...you should be ashamed of you self for shaping public opinion to benefit your own feeling on public candidates.
1/23/2014 12:29:11 PM
Jack Frost says:
We're all doomed !!
1/22/2014 7:40:02 PM
Joey88 says:
781 agrees?? How long does that take??
1/22/2014 12:05:07 PM
razor_burn says:
Baaaaahahahahaha. Who does that guy think he's fooling?
1/21/2014 7:33:57 PM
YeahBuddy says:
Gusto...I haven't pressed agreed on any of my post...Its funny how you didnt say ur not Hobbs...lol...or maybe your someone working in the media that's backing Hobbs...Propaganda is bad gusto...a dirty tory trick...your fooling your self.
1/21/2014 1:48:38 PM
Cletus Van Damme says:
Sore finger bro?
1/21/2014 8:03:40 PM
The Beaver..... says:
Try starting your own business and you too will be working 14 hr. days ..if you don't you wont be around for any length of time.
1/21/2014 12:00:53 PM
compassn says:
As far as I am concerned, any vote for Hobbs is a vote for him to throw your tax dollar away while still paying horrendous property taxes, roads that you can barely drive on in summer OR winter and the proliferation of bike lanes.
Hobbs should listen to the TAX PAYING citizens of Thunder Bay when it comes to backing projects paid by the TAXPAYER.
1/21/2014 11:54:49 AM
bttnk says:
A mayor that will try and have us believe that he is working 100 hour weeks, 7 days a week at 14 hours a day, is a mayor that will attempt to blow just about any kind of smoke up our rear ends. I happen to think Hobbs is a decent man, but he should have never been elected in the first place. We need someone a little younger, and a little more educated to take us to the next level of economic growth. Hobbs, with all due respect, doesn't have a clue.
1/21/2014 9:16:04 AM
YeahBuddy says:
Gusto...as of 9:00am January 21,2014 my post has 180 agree and yours has 32. This is proof your logic fails not mine....Maybe you are Hobbs
1/21/2014 8:58:33 AM
mystified says:
The amount of agrees is not a valid indicator. Some people sit and refresh the screen and click on agree until the cows come home. If the comment section was setup the same as the poles are where it registers the ip address and won't allow another vote from this ip you would see very low counts on the agrees.

Hobbs will get re-elected in the upcoming election.
1/21/2014 9:33:35 AM
gusto says:
It's amazing how many likes you can get by pressing Agree on your own post. Sorry, but you are not fooling anyone.
1/21/2014 10:02:24 AM
grs says:
I've worked over 100 hours per week on many occasions. One 6 month stretch I was at 110+ hours per week, 7 days per week, with 5 days off during that time. Another one month stretch I averaged about 115-120 hours per week, with no days off that month.

Sheesh. Maybe I should put my name in the hat if that's all it takes to be mayor...
1/21/2014 8:43:43 AM
The Beaver..... says:
The sad pat is that in over three years of being there he has no been able to form a political alliance at with City Hall with some Members of embers of council
1/21/2014 8:38:27 AM
nvjgu says:
Doesn't matter who it is, It's the same job.
1/21/2014 5:42:34 AM
Rusty Nails says:
Krusty the Clown would be a better choice !!
1/20/2014 11:28:48 PM
Cletus Van Damme says:
Interesting indeed.
Let's examine this 100 hours a week claim shall we?

Assuming Monday to Friday, that's 100 hours divided by 5 days, for an average work day of 20 hours.

So if he was to hit the grindstone at say 5:00am each, day, then he would have to work until 1:00am each night, leaving only maybe 2 hours of sleep after settling in for the night.

Now even if his diet consisted entirely of energy bars washed down with JagerBombs, it would still be a stretch to pull a 100 hour work week.

Maybe Ford was on to something with his choice of meds?
1/20/2014 9:42:25 PM
deanc says:
He is a mayor Thunder Bay should be proud of. Very in tune with the needs of Thunder Bay and surrounding areas. He cares about the north, and the people. I would rent a apt in Thunder Bay for the month just to vote for him. Good luck Mr. Hobbs
1/20/2014 9:34:45 PM
S Duncan says:
If you don't live here, youre not paying taxes here, youre not experiencing Thunder Bay the same way the taxpayers do.

If you were, youd understand why Keith is a bad mayor and one of the biggest flip floppers in the history of politics.

That's why in order to have a ballot in Thunder Bay, you should have to have a tax bill with your name on it to get enumerated.

If you are a renter, you are not invested in the city therefore your voice should not count.
1/21/2014 9:19:32 AM
Baor says:
A familiar BS rant.
My 18yr old son lives with me and because of that he cannot vote?! My mother lives in St Joes heritage and because of that she cannot vote?! Are you for real?
So called property owners are not the only people with a vested interest in this city. Many people rent for good reasons. I wish bombastic blowhards like you DIDNT vote....or better yet speak. But I cannot prevent that from happening which, ironically in this context is a good thing.
1/21/2014 7:29:46 PM
stopthehandouts says:
Rob Ford's next election campaign slogan: taking another crack at it.
1/20/2014 9:15:21 PM
Watchful says:
Oh cry me a river Hobbs. As the saying goes fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, you are the last thing this city needs
1/20/2014 8:42:31 PM
progress now says:
He doesn't say he is hard working, he says he works harder than ANY mayor in HISTORY.

There has been a lot of history. There have been a lot of mayors.

His modesty soars into the heavens. Too bad about those leadership skills.

1/20/2014 8:25:02 PM
tsb says:
He looks so much older now than he did four years ago...
1/20/2014 8:22:35 PM
whatelseisnew says:
It really doesn't matter who becomes mayor. It's like having a new manager for the outhouse as far as I'm concerned. They will explode it and then try to cover it up with some Glade Air Wick, except it will be the no name kind from the dollar store or walmart!
1/20/2014 7:05:04 PM
trevor99 says:
All of the past Mayor's of Port Arthur and Fort William.

Saul Laskin
Walter Asseff
Dusty Miller
Jack Masters
David Hamilton
Ken Boshcoff
Lyn Peterson

He has worked harder than all of them. Just ask him. Over 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wow

All past Mayor's had good and bad points and Laskin is respected countywide. It is this ability of our current Mayor to make these kind of outlandish statements that continue to amaze me have me gazing hopefully that someone credible is going to run.

I am surprised that he can get away with some of the things that he says. Maybe he should let others say he is a hard working Mayor. Maybe the fact that others are not is telling.

Keith maybe you need to work 100 hours a week to accomplish what others can get done in 40.
1/20/2014 6:46:14 PM
Kam River says:
Ho9bbs says "I've worked hard, probably harder than any mayor in history." At being Administration "YES Man"
(1) Want more staff Yes says Hobbs
(2) Want to raise my tax you bet.
(3) Bike lanes on Victoria Ave sure
(4) Taxing hard working citizens out of their homes one day at a time! You bet
(5) Charge citizens 24% interest rate. 20% more than prime. Sure says Hobbs.
(6) Has a gold plated city pension, so I can afford it Why can't you.
(7) Take our one remain paper mill to court to squeeze more money out of them. If we tax them out of business, It only jobs.
1/20/2014 6:35:17 PM
fastball says:
I really shouldn't respond, but some things just need a response.
Here's a flash for you - your taxes were going up, no matter who was in charge. And they will continue to go up in the future - the only question is, how much and how fast?
If you absolutely hate bike lanes - stay off Victoria. 98 percent of the rest of town is pretty much the Wild West as far as bikes are concerned - as anybody who rides a bike.
I'm not sure if Mayor Hobbs is in charge of the interest rates.
Would that "gold-plated pension" be the pension that he, and all other police officers, get after 30-odd years in the Police Department? Or is this a NEW "gold-plated pension".
1/21/2014 9:12:10 AM
orig junkyarddog says:
Don't complain get out fight for your candidate; I want Mayor Boss Hobbs out just as much as anyone .You want something then make it happen .Not bitching about it from a chair ,become pro-active for change.
1/20/2014 6:33:39 PM
ThunderBayFullOfCrime says:
I found Hobbs to be the least effective mayor in my years of voting and our council is sub par to say the least. I wasn't expecting Hobbs to make Thunder Bay a wonderland but I expected him to live up to his promises. I found he catered to certain groups and never got his hands dirty. 100 hrs a week means nothing if there are zero/little results. Might as well have stayed home and saved us some tax dollars.

I feel like running for mayor, perhaps we need a regular "joe" mayor who hasn't been on a incredibly high salary for years and years. I think when people have a lot of money they lose touch with what's important. That's just my opinion.
1/20/2014 6:30:03 PM
SomeGuy says:
I should open a cheese store with all this wine that is going on here.
1/20/2014 6:11:55 PM
mystified says:
Nothing new! The same 20 chronics are spewing their displeasure, some their hatred about Mr. Hobbs and his decision to run for mayor again.
The current council has taken the initiative to turn Thunder Bay around from a dying industrial existence to something marketable, enjoying and relaxing. Previous councils were proud of how much money they had managed to cut to save the almighty taxpayer a hike in the mil rate. The savings were short lived as they neglected maintenance and upgrades until it was a juggling match to see which project was a priority.
Say what you want about Keith's campaign to clean up the crime. All politicians make promises they never keep but get re-elected because success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.
1/20/2014 5:57:38 PM
fastball says:
Um....maybe before we throw the baby out with the bathwater, we could just take a second and think (yeah, right) about who'd replace Mr. Hobbs.
That kind of voter mentality gets idiots voted into office - mainly because the electorate wasn't thinking past the tips of their noses. We end up with "one-issue" candidates that run solely on weighty issues like bike lanes, corporate waste - or just personal strong opposition to ONE initiative put forth by the previous administration. What about the 200 other initiatives that went through OK?
Yeah, so the guy doesn't like bike lanes - but can he actually run a city? Does he have ANY experience?
1/20/2014 5:42:10 PM
tadzup says:
This applies to those running for Council as well. Sure, they want to help the homeless, or they want to clean up the south core. Both of those things are great - but I hope those running will show us all that they're more than 'one issue' candidates pushing a particular agenda.
1/20/2014 6:26:43 PM
anvil of crom says:
there is an old saying I like,

"Work smarter not harder"

just a saying.
1/20/2014 5:28:58 PM
young&concerned says:
What a joke! Worked over a 100 hours a week...ya actively involved and working on everything but what he is suppose to be doing (ie special projects, catering to special interest groups)

I guess it is impossible to spend taxpayers money like a drunken sailor in a normal 8 hour work day!

That 32 second gem above...that is the best garbage this man can spiel out recapping his highlights and accomplishments as mayor!

1/20/2014 5:09:30 PM
mutechirp says:
He'll be getting my vote again. He has done a fantastic job in my opinion.
1/20/2014 5:00:19 PM
Me n My Opinion says:
"I've worked hard, probably harder than any mayor in history"

Maybe that's the case, I don't know. Doesn't mean he was effective. What's the old adage? Work smarter, not harder.

100 hours a week means nothing in and of itself. Without the results being anywhere near what you promised in your campaign four years ago, time means nothing.
1/20/2014 4:52:07 PM
stopthehandouts says:
I think the previous comments explained the situation well. He won't be getting my vote.
1/20/2014 4:49:08 PM
nvjgu says:
Mr Hobbs it's going to be status Que and you know it. One thing for shure Is that Id like to see Mr Ruberto gone and the person that's pushing bike lanes.
1/20/2014 4:39:51 PM
sweetazmaple says:
wow you all attacking hobbs , want to trade mayors you can have our crack smoking hot head toronto mayor i will take hobbs n give u ford lol
1/20/2014 4:10:56 PM
meta says:
Sorry Mr Hobbs. Your report card along with the rest of the stagnant council is a big fat "F" .

This town is in dire need of new leadership to fix the multiple messes of the past few councils.

Hobbs, Angus, Virdarimio, Pugh, Foulds and especially Ruberto are not the people we need to guide and help Thunder Bay.
1/20/2014 3:30:28 PM
young&concerned says:
Add Rebecca to this list...a must go!
1/20/2014 7:53:40 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
...it's like wanting to be the captain of H.M.S.Titanic...
1/20/2014 3:29:19 PM
dockboy says:
To say you've worked harder than other mayor in history is a bold statement. I've always had a problem with people who blow their own horn.
1/20/2014 3:07:42 PM
Tbay99 says:
Hobbs new platform:

Taxing hard working citizens out of their homes one day at a time!
1/20/2014 3:02:48 PM
old vienna says:
hobbs says: 'I've worked hard, probably harder than any mayor in history'.

Hobbs with that comment takes a cheap shot at all the previous mayors of thunder bay . Hobbs if you're going to talk the talk, you got to walk the walk. You've accomplished squat regarding your campaign promises. Hobbs needs to be served a nice piece of humble pie by the voters of thunder bay on election day and suffer a humiliating defeat .
1/20/2014 2:47:38 PM
CM Punk says:
I've worked hard, probably harder than any mayor in history. I've worked over 100 hours a week as my family can attest to," he said, adding he's destined to make Thunder Bay a great place for generations to come.

I almost fell off my chair laughing when I read this part. Give me a break, one of the worst mayors for sure.
I was the WWE Champion for 434 days, that is something to brag about.

Time for a change, but really, a worthy opponent won't be found because why would they live in this armpit?

The constant beef I hear most and I agree is the house tax and water bills. Out of control spending for pipe dreams and art you can find for free at the dump.
Cooler heads need to prevail.

I need to get ready for RAW tonight.
1/20/2014 2:31:03 PM
YeahBuddy says:
What has Hobbs done?...other than getting his face in the news...he's only 1 vote on council...and a tory vote too. We elected a Cop to help clean up the city...he had three years...he failed...Time for change!
1/20/2014 2:20:52 PM
fastball says:
Yes, because the mayor can change the laws of the province or the country...or just ignore them altogether, in the name of "cleaning up the city", whatever the heck that means.
Like he's in charge of the bank rate or the unemployment rate, or the increased rates of mental illness and alcoholism in the city - or any of the myriad of other factors that affect modern urban Canadian society - of which, despite the most fervent wishes of some folks - we are still a part.
If you're going to kvetch about the mayor's performance - maybe some specifics would enhance your argument.
1/20/2014 2:59:15 PM
tbay87 says:
I don't disagree, BUT if I remember correctly, I believe he ran last time largely on cleaning up the city, so it's not wrong to call him out on it this election. Whether or not it was a reasonable platform is kind of irrelevant.
1/20/2014 4:27:44 PM
gusto says:
So you admit that he is only one vote on council, yet you somehow expected him to exceed that one vote and "clean up the city". I'd say the only fail here is your logic.
1/20/2014 3:27:15 PM
gotcha says:
What has Hobbs done?...other than getting his face in the news...he's only 1 vote on council.

That's right one of a majority that has run this city as well as previous councils into a very expensive place to live, retire and do business.
Read the 12 year analysis and forecast commissioned by the TBCC.
$1000 increase in your taxes and double that for small business in the next 4 years with this Empire building Gang with Hobbs leading.

They managed to expand this cities cost centres by an average of 3.8% over the last 12 years to a point where we are the most expensive Municipality of this size in Ontario to service its Taxpayers!

We need a complete change and fast! We have to get these Monument builders out of here!

1/20/2014 4:41:15 PM
Back-in-the-bay says:
It is not surprising that hobbs' use of hyperbole to drive his point was lost on the simple minds of his hate squad here. Look up hyperbole cave people, it may enlighten you. People use it all time and don't even realize it.

Favorite reason to vote for Hobbs again:
“I never thought I’d be in this position again,” he said. “I thought those days were behind me. He was getting vulgar and there’s no place for that here. I told him he was under arrest for causing a disturbance. He was shouting and swearing. When I got him outside he started resisting so I just grounded him.”

...so I just grounded him! Priceless!

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1/21/2014 9:04:12 AM
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