On Thursday, retired Police Association president Keith Hobbs officially threw his hat into the mayor’s race, giving the city its first true race since 2003.
That fall Lynn Peterson won the mayor’s chair, defeating Frank Pullia, Don Slobojan and Orville Santa.
She’s looking for a third term this time around, but Hobbs and possibly one other candidate – perhaps at-large Coun. Larry Hebert – will give her something to think about. Hobbs’s presence on the ballot will certainly help increase voter turnout in 2010, which is great for democracy in Thunder Bay.
Peterson has accomplished a lot in her seven years at the helm, most notably getting the waterfront project under way.
But she has been criticized in some corners, along with the rest of council, for failing to rein in spending at a time when money is tight.
Hobbs, on the other hand, has been vocally critical of the operations side of the Thunder Bay Police Service. While that may win him fans, it could also polarize voters, many of whom might (unfairly) label him a one-issue candidate.
If Hebert decides to join the party, who knows what might happen when the ballot boxes are rolled out.