Oct 19, 2022
By Jane Brown
While there was a 7-percent dip from 2018 in Toronto for early voting in this year’s municipal election, there was a big jump from four years ago in HAMILTON.
“To see our city kind of buzzing with excitement around a municipal election is pretty cool,” exclaimed Andrea Horwath, the former Ontario NDP Leader, now running to succeed Fred Eisenberg who decided against seeking re-election.
According to City of Hamilton staff, 31,719 residents cast a ballot in the four day advance polling that took place over the past two weekends.
That number represents a significant increase from 2018 when just over 17,052 people cast ballots in advance.
(From left to right: Bob Bratina, Andrea Horwath, Keanin Loomis)
According to recent polling, Horwath has the support of 36.5-percent of Hamilton voters with Keanin Loomis, the former Hamilton Chamber of Commerce CEO, in second with 28.7 percent support.
“There’s a real desire for change throughout the city,” Loomis said, “It doesn’t matter where you go, whether you’re in downtown or the suburbs or the rural areas, people want to see a new and fresh approach at (Hamilton) City Hall.”
Seven other candidates are also running for Hamilton mayor, including former mayor, MP and radio personality, Bob Bratina.