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2010-09-10 at 16:59

Candidates step forward for Oct. 25 municipal election

By Jamie Smith,
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Nominations are closed and the race begins as the last candidates for this fall’s municipal election filed their papers Friday afternoon.

Colin Burridge entered his name for mayor in a now six-way race for the city’s top job. Tyler Woods filed bringing the total candidates to 19 for at-large councillor. Christopher Watkins has turned McIntyre into a five-way race while Robin Rickards brings McKellar to three candidates.

Bill Scollie entered the now five-person Neebing race.

While Sargon Khubyar backed out of the Northwood candidacy Friday morning, Frank Armiento filed Friday afternoon to bring the race back to three candidates.

Red River now has four candidates with Laury Alexander filing and Westfort has three candidates with the addition of Jeffery John Polhill.
The election is Oct. 25.

The most recent mayoral candidate was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon.
Below is a full list of all 50 ward, at-large and mayoral candidates:

  • Colin Burridge
  • Keith Hobbs
  • Jeff Irwin
  • Brian Kwasny
  • Lynn Peterson
  • Frank Pullia

At Large:
  • Iain Angus
  • Ken Boshcoff
  • Cindy Crowe
  • Larry Hebert
  • Gerald Graham
  • Rebecca Johnson
  • Iqbal Khan
  • Marvin Robert McMenemy
  • Beatrice Metzler
  • House Richard Moorey
  • Sharon Ostberg
  • Sydney Pettit
  • Darren Roberts
  • Aldo Ruberto
  • Norman Sponchia
  • Norm Staal
  • Lawrence Timko
  • Dick Waddington
  • Tyler Woods

Current River
  • Andrew Foulds
  • Andy Wolff

  • Trevor Giertuga
  • Michael Komar
  • Trudy Tuchenhagen
  • Christopher Watkins
  • Terrance A. Yahn

  • David Nicholson
  • Paul Pugh
  • Robin Rickards

  • Linda Rydholm
  • Bill Scollie
  • Gary Shchepanik
  • Don Sinclair
  • Henry Wojak

  • Frank Armiento
  • Mark Bentz
  • David Polhill

Red River
  • Laury Alexander
  • Brian McKinnon
  • Jay Stapleton
  • Paul Wolfe

  • Jeffery John Polhill
  • John Radl
  • Joe Virdiramo
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chezhank says:
Loneliest numbers
By Jamie Smith
Citizens of Thunder Bay must be happy or shy about the city’s 2010 operating budget says a city councillor.
Coun. Aldo Ruberto said he’s disappointed that only one person made a deputation during the city’s post-budget public consultation meeting Tuesday night.
Henry Wojak was the lone speaker at the meeting, which lasted under 20 minutes. He said council needs to trim the 2010 operating budget from a 1.79 per cent tax increase to zero. Wojak said taxpayers in Thunder Bay are paying too much and that the city needs to stop seeing citizens as a "bottomless well to draw from". Wojak said the city needs to start by trimming the police and fire department budgets.
"Someone needs to start reigning in the largess of the public sector," said Wojak.

9/10/2010 5:22:20 PM
justinfrape says:
It's so nice to see so many people interested in municipal politics! Hopefully this abundance of candidates translates into increased voter turnout!
9/10/2010 5:34:03 PM
TBDR says:
Very excited to see all the new blood... how about a wholesale change! Vote in a whole new batch!
9/10/2010 5:53:17 PM
collie says:
Again ALL I ask vote smart!
I hope people vote, for those who think it doesnt matter NOW is the time to make your voice heard. No matter who you vote for JUST go to the Polls and vote.
9/10/2010 6:15:15 PM
thunder7 says:
I hope nobody votes for Trudy Tuchenhagen just to punish her for her sons idiot letter to the Chronicle and the camera issue at meetings.
9/10/2010 6:17:18 PM
DohNutz says:
I posted this on another thread, so sorry for double posting:

NONE of these candidates will get my vote unless they come forward with a clearly stated position on the wind farm.

Whatever your position on this everyone should be asking the at large candidates, their ward candidates and the mayor where they stand on this issue. All we may get is bafflegab and doublespeak but there may be some candidates with enough integrity to give us honest answers as to where they stand.
9/10/2010 6:32:11 PM
firefly says:
chezhank - what?
9/10/2010 6:44:36 PM
yqtyqt says:
Good for you henry wojak. He's bang on the money. Small decreases in some of the largest municipal departments will get you more money saved than larger decreases in very small departments. Police and Fire is a good place to start. As is Public Works and Community Services.

A two percent decrease in departmental budgets for the larger depts. to start with. And no corresponding reduction in service. If the Dept Heads can't do it, then we need a CAO who can make some serious decisions and cuts.

Freeze Council and Management pay for those under $100,000. 5% reduction for those over 100,000. 10% reduction for those over 150,000. 15 % reduction for those over $200,000. Nobody will starve with these rfreezed and reductions. No more performance bonuses. If you don't perform, its warning time. Don't perform two years running, you're given 6 months to improve or you're gone.
9/10/2010 7:14:40 PM
captain says:
now that the nominations are closed, can the source, TBT news and maybe even radio, I have given up on the newspaper,

ask the incumbents what their position is on the wind farm.

i don't care if they are for it or against it. I just want to know what their position is. Possible lawsuits would seem to be a very important topic of conversation with regard to this topic.

they seem to be avoiding this issue at all costs.

well, maybe like Paul Pugh being a former communist supporter, maybe we just don't want to talk about those kinds of things.


we will only talk about the nice flowery things.

you know, we don't want to ask tough questions of people sitting in the big chair. If we did that, the Mayor might acutally have to take a position.
9/11/2010 9:03:14 AM
Pandora says:
I'm hoping we see a new high number of voters taking the time to learn what the candidates stand for and we should all be making use of OUR democratic right to VOTE.

So with that, WE NEED Candidates to stand up and actually SPEAK UP and tell US, Why, Why they deserve our support, Why we should VOTE FOR THEM.
Tell us something concrete for a change!

I also believe, we should make use of this opportunity to have a plebiscite asking the voting public, how they feel about the building of a new multiplex arena.
Ask, Can we afford to build a new Arena at this time?
9/11/2010 11:04:20 AM
sweetazmaple says:
for any election no matter where you are , pleaseeeeeeee be informed look at all the candidates and see where they stand on issues ,,, go out make that responcable vote ,, just don't go and vote cause you can , because in 2 years when you realize you voted for the wrong person you will be kickin yourself in the behind ,,, so vote wizely THANK YOU!!!

as for this race its a good one i hope thunder bay gets all fresh faces in there that make a differance
9/11/2010 11:05:13 AM
baor says:
Chezhank is a true politician...quoting this newspaper, who quoted himself (Wojak), then reposting it here as Chezhank. If they (City hall) didn't listen to you then, I hope they (the voters) don't listen to you now.

I Do have a question for you though.
A while back you called the city council something like a "bunch of clowns" (I'm sure you can post your exact quote just like you did today)...if you get elected do you in turn have floppy shoes and a big red nose to wear?
9/11/2010 2:04:32 PM
pieislandrefugee says:
demand answers from these wanna-be politicians.

I want to know where each of them stands on the wind farm project thus far, and how they arrived at that position. I want to know what was their involvement in the secret discussions.

and the 800000 ton gorilla that nobodys talking about is WHAT IS TO BE DONE WITH THE HOSPITAL payments thats supposed to stop?

and once again, where's the media on this? This story should be the hot potato in this election. (as well as the missing hotelier for the waterfront).

9/11/2010 3:06:01 PM
abetterTbay. says:
I hope there are a lot of people kicking themselves in Neebing, probably the one ward Thunder Bay needs change! Remember voters, Thunder Bay has a excellent reputation as a research leader. I can't see how Hobbs vengeance on the Thunder Bay Police Association can help that.
9/11/2010 4:12:33 PM
TBDR says:
abetterTbay: Your comment doesn't even make sense... why would Hobbs want to take vengance on the police association? He was president of the police association. I just went to his website, and crime isn't even his #1 priority, and it is grouped into a section called safe community... the rest of his priorities seem to reflect a lot of what people in tbay have been complaining about.
9/11/2010 9:22:07 PM
bigdog says:
Good to see Bill Scollie back in the saddle.
9/11/2010 9:35:40 PM
tiredofit says:
aBetterTbay why would the people in Neebing be kicking themselves? Ummm Hobbs was the head of the assocation, why would he take revenge on it? Thunder Bay is a leader in Reseach, apparently a area where you seem to have failed. Go back to you little website and keep trying to sell your bogus memeberships.
9/11/2010 10:56:45 PM
yqtyqt says:
Good posting pieislandrefugee. Three very important issues. Add that to the multiplex, and very specific answers on how they are going to get us out of this financial mess, and how they are going to trim the municipal budget.
9/12/2010 10:21:16 AM
nads74 says:
You all have a lot of questions of the candidates which is the way it should have questions this is the time to ask them!!

Thunder Bay 2010 Municipal Election Public Forum

Sept 13th School Board Trustees
Sept 14th Ward Councillors
Sept 15th At Large Councillors
......Sept 16th Mayors Race

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Lakehead Labour Centre
929 Fort William Road

great opportunity to learn more about the candidates
9/12/2010 11:49:04 AM
yer joking says:
I wanna know where they Stand and why they changed their tune after they got elected and why they lied to us about everything and what their mother's maiden name was and who pays them and why are they trying to do anything in this God forsaken town. They will just be shot down critisized and jerked around.
9/12/2010 2:47:00 PM
captain says:
yerjoking, get a life.

everyone lied to you. everyone changed their mind. PLEAZZZZZZZZZZZeeee. Give specifics, but why would you change now.

Nice to see a couple of peopls also want to know the position of the incumbents on the wind farm. I have only been mentioning it on this site for four months. As of yet, I have not seen one question from any media to the Mayor on this topic. WHY

As for Hobbs, revenge. Is this the best the anti-hobbs group has.

How about what he says he stands for, the fact he has not shied away from the media, and that people want change.

He may be great. He may be average or he may disappoint, but there is one thing Hobbs is not.

The same old song we have had for seven years in that chair.
9/13/2010 12:46:10 AM
Curious says:
I guess Boshkoff is just trying to make a few bucks until the federal election. If he gets voted in locally, I can assure you he will "step down" to run in the federal election. At least with that he may have a chance of making big bucks for doing nothing but pat himself on the back. We need someone that is dedicated to helping our city not just someone needing a job!
9/13/2010 6:53:13 AM
molly says:
When I see the long list of candidates in all the other wards it makes me realise how little control we have in the current ward system.
I cannot vote for the majority of the alderman as I am excluded from the other 6 ward positions.
You can be sure that some of the "ward" Alderpersons would not be reelected in a citywide vote
9/13/2010 11:52:46 AM
tudor says:
Let me say that I do not agree that a sitting member of Council should be able to run in a different election for MP or MPP.

while it is legal, I do not believe it should be allowed to take place.

Having said that however, why the comments towards Mr. Boshcoff. I do not recall these comments when Ms. Johnson ran in the last provincial election. Where was the comments then.

Some are suggesting that because Mr. PUllia has last his last two times for Mayor that he should realize that no one wants him. That may be true but again, I don't recall the same commments when Mr. Rafferty ran 100 or 200 times before getting elected.

I suppose my point is this. Let us debate issues and not personalities.

Let us dicuss what a candidate stands for and not use insults to try and prove our point. If we need to do that, then perhaps our point is too weak to make it to print.

An election is the cornerstone of our society. We need to listen and ask, not form our opinion but anonymous people writing anonymous blogs.

from time to time, people actually back up their statements with some actual facts but usually it is just Jim Bob's, or Elly Mae's opinion which is pretty useless when you are talking about which candidate to support.

so for five weeks can we stick to facts. it would be welcome change to actually debate what a candidate stands for.
9/13/2010 2:59:25 PM
anonnymouse says:
I am betting that "abetterTbay" just worded that incorrectly. My guess is that their concern is that Hobbs will seek vengeance upon the upper management at the police station, ie the Chief...with whom he clearly had poor relations. Not the association he once represented...albeit with wavering support.
9/13/2010 7:53:18 PM
yer joking says:
Touched a nerve there eh, captain? If you had bothered to read it you would notice it was tongue in cheek, not about the liberal, couldn't resist, sorry but that is The Thunder Bay Way
9/14/2010 4:21:56 PM
TBDR says:
anonnymouse: Either way, he doesn't strike me as the vengeful type. I have been at a few events where he has spoken briefly about his take on how the policing situation could be resolved, and none of his suggestions involved going after the chief or PSB. For someone who's monniker is a play on anonymous, you sound like someone who might be worried about the security of their job... just saying.
9/14/2010 6:36:18 PM
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