Hamilton, Ontario municipal election, 2003

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Hamilton municipal election, 2003

2000 ←
November 13, 2003 → 2006
Candidate Larry Di Ianni David Christopherson Dick Wildeman
Popular vote 70539 54298 4462
Percentage 50.92 39.20 3.22
Candidate Michael Peters
Popular vote 3270
Percentage 2.36

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The results of the 2003 Election. Whereas Christopherson held all downtown wards, DiIanni won enough of the suburbs to secure victory.

Mayor before election

Bob Wade

Elected Mayor

Larry Di Ianni

The 2003 Hamilton municipal election was held on November 10, 2003 to elect municipal officials in Hamilton, Ontario. The most high-profile contest was for the mayoral office. Candidates also campaigned for city council and for school trustee positions.

Mayoral election[edit]

e • d  Candidates for the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Mayoral Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Larry DiIanni 70,539 50.92%
David Christopherson 54,298 39.20%
Dick Wildeman 4,462 3.22%
Michael Peters 3,270 2.36%
Tom Murray 2,881 2.08%
Michael Baldasaro 2,569 1.85%
Matt Jelly 510 0.37%
Total Votes 139,902 37.97%
Registered Voters 368,480 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"
The Ward-By-Ward percentages for the top three candidates: DiIanni, Christopherson and Wildeman.
  • Larry Di Ianni was first elected to Stoney Creek city council in 1982, where he served until the 2000 amalgamation of Stoney Creek into Hamilton. He then served as a Hamilton councillor until November 2003. Di Ianni's major policies included the completion of the Red Hill Creek Expressway, business tax reduction, airport development,[1] improving relations among the amalgamated municipalities, and obtaining additional social service funding from the more senior levels of government.
  • Dick Wildeman was a 61 year old PhD in pharmacology, and former director of Pharmaceutical Sciences at McMaster University Medical Centre. He led a de-amalgamation slate in the election, attempting to reverse a 2000 decision by the provincial government to amalgamate Hamilton with the neighbouring municipalities of Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Flamborough and Glanbrook. His vision on how to do so, though, attempted to recreate the version of local government utilized in 1975, where rural communities bought services from the Hamilton municipality and contributed to 80% of the cost. Local media berated his plan, saying there was "a troubling lack of clarity in how Wildeman envisions" demalgamation and that he "doesn't have what it takes to be mayor of the city of Hamilton," because of "huge disconnects in [his] logic."[2]
  • Michael Peters was a 36-year-old first-time candidate and financial controller for a Burlington electrical company at the time of the election. His major campaign planks focused on supporting the Red Hill Creek Expressway, keeping the newly amalgamated suburban communities united with Greater Hamilton and slowing urban sprawl by supporting industrial brownfield development. Peters also lamented the flight of university educated residents from the city, and was quoted as saying, "Of my group of high school friends who went off to university, not one of them lives here, other than me."[3]
  • Tom Murray was a 50-year-old electrician at Dofasco and former four-term councillor for Ward 8. During his tenure on council, his aggressive style proved controversial, but he maintained that this would be a strong quality for Hamilton's Mayor to have. His platform included no-tax increases, revitalization of the waterfront, support for the completion of the Red Hill Creek Expressway and ensuring the city focuses on providing essential services while selling off assets like golf courses and entertainment facilities.[4]
  • Matt Jelly was born in Hamilton, and was a 21-year-old visual artist at the time of the election. He did not enter the election to win votes, but to gain experience and draw attention to certain issues. He wanted to give a final decision on amalgamation more time and opposed the Red Hill Creek Expressway, citing the plan's environmental drawbacks, all while humorously ending his campaign speeches with the line, "Don't vote for me, thank you and good night".[6]

City Council Election[edit]

Ward One (Chedoke-Cootes)[edit]

The race for Ward One councillor was marked by nine-year incumbent councillor Marvin Caplan's faltering support because of two major issues. Prior to the election, Caplan found himself embroiled in a sexual harassment case and, during the campaign, openly supported the completion of the Red Hill Creek Expressway, opposed by a majority of Ward One's residents.[7]

Challenger Brian McHattie, who had run for Mayor in 1997, was a 43 year-old environmental consultant at the time of the election, and received support due to his opposition to the Red Hill Creek Expressway.[7] Michael Puskas, the third candidate in the race, was a local lawyer who echoed Caplan's support for the Expressway.[7]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward One Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Brian McHattie 5,614 57.94%
Marvin Caplan (incumbent) 3,043 31.40%
Michael Puskas 1,033 10.66%
Total Votes 9,879 100%
Registered Voters 25,347 38.98%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Two (Downtown)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Two Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Andrea Horwath (incumbent) 4,601 63.81%
James Novak 1,993 27.64%
Ronald Berenbaum 325 4.51%
Jerry Moore 291 4.04%
Total Votes 7,443 28%
Registered Voters 26,578 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Three (Hamilton Centre)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Three Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Bernie Morelli (incumbent) 4,802 67.48%
John Best 2,017 28.34%
Robert Westbrook 297 4.17%
Total Votes 7,410 25.36%
Registered Voters 29,223 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Four (East Hamilton)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Four Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Sam Merulla (incumbent) 5,015 54.22%
Lynda Lukasik 3,430 37.09%
James Byron 668 7.22%
Carmen Misale 136 1.47%
Total Votes 9,366 34.67%
Registered Voters 27,014 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Five (Redhill)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Five Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Chad Collins (incumbent) 8.077 75.20%
Andrew Schroeder 2,663 24.80%
Total Votes 10,946 38.35%
Registered Voters 28,545 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Six (East Mountain)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Six Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Tom Jackson (incumbent) 9.012 74.83%
Kevin Beattie 1,446 12.01%
Peter O'Hagan 916 7.61%
Shauna McShane 670 6.70%
Total Votes 12,297 41.30%
Registered Voters 29,778 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Seven (Central Mountain)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Seven Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Bill Kelly (incumbent) 10,699 64.66%
Henry Merling 3,540 21.39%
John Gallagher 1,340 8.10%
Bill Cottrell 968 5.85%
Total Votes 16,765 41.14%
Registered Voters 40,749 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Eight (West Mountain)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Eight Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Terry Whitehead 4,135 27.13%
Jamie West 3,816 35.04%
George Morasse 3,081 20.22%
Peter Martin 2,280 14.96%
Naseem Jamil 978 6.42%
Roman Sarachman 789 5.18%
Wayne Boychuk 160 1.05%
Total Votes 15,501 44.79%
Registered Voters 34,607 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Nine (Upper Stoney Creek)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Nine Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Phil Bruckler 3,946 53.80%
Anne Bain (Incumbent) 3,032 41.34%
Tim Riach 192 2.62%
Abe Din 164 2.25%
Total Votes 7,521 40.41%
Registered Voters 18,614 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Ten (Lower Stoney Creek)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Ten Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Maria Pearson 3,322 36.97%
John Santarelli 2,659 29.59%
Louie Milojevic 1,322 14.71%
Robert Barlow 1,016 11.31%
Jim Davis 419 4.66%
Jeff Corradetti 247 2.75%
Total Votes 9,141 46.17%
Registered Voters 19,798 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Eleven (Glanbrook Winona)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Eleven Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
David Mitchell (incumbent) Acclaimed
Total Votes 6,768 37.43%
Registered Voters 18,082 100%
Note: For this election, voter-turnout is just for the position of Mayor and School Board Trustees in that
the councillor's position was acclaimed.
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: Hamilton, Ontario City Clerk's Office

Ward Twelve (Ancaster)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Twelve Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Murray Ferguson (Incumbent) 5,967 69.03%
Bryan Kerman 2,677 30.97%
Total Votes 8,816 42.13%
Registered Voters 20,924 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Thirteen (Dundas)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Thirteen Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Russ Powers (Incumbent) 5,184 71.39%
David Longo 2,078 28.81%
Total Votes 7,544 40.48%
Registered Voters 18,635 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Fourteen (Wentworth)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Fourteen Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Dave Braden (Incumbent) 2,350 50.92%
Don Robertson 2,265 49.08%
Total Votes 4,662 37.24%
Registered Voters 12,519 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

Ward Fifteen (Flamborough)[edit]

e • d  Summary of the November 10, 2003 Hamilton, Ontario Ward Fifteen Councillor Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Margaret McCarthy (Incumbent) 2,924 50.43%
Arend Kersten 2,346 40.46%
Richard Sams 440 7.59%
Stan Johnson 88 1.52%
Total Votes 5,843 32.34%
Registered Voters 18,067 100%
Note: All Hamilton Municipal Elections are officially non-partisan.
Note: Candidate campaign colours are based on the prominent colour used in campaign items (signs, literature, etc.)
and are used as a visual differentiation between candidates.
Sources: City of Hamilton, "2003 Results"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.raisethehammer.org/article/131/ | Smoove D: An Interview with Mayor Larry Di Ianni
  2. ^ Prokaska, Lee. "Wildeman: a shrunken view," The Hamilton Spectator, November 6, 2003, Editorial, A21.
  3. ^ Morse, Paul. "Candidate Profile: Michael Peters," The Hamilton Spectator, November 7, 2003, Local News, A5.
  4. ^ Stepan, Cheryl. "Candidate Profile: Tom Murray," The Hamilton Spectator, November 7, 2003, Local News, A5.
  5. ^ Puxley, Chinta. "Candidate Profile: Michael Baldasaro," The Hamilton Spectator, November 7, 2003, Local News, A6.
  6. ^ Morse, Paul. "Candidate Profile: Matt Jelly," The Hamilton Spectator, November 7, 2003, Local News, A5.
  7. ^ a b c Nolan, Dan. "McHattie topples Caplan; New councillor says it's 'overwhelming'," The Hamilton Spectator, November 11, 2003, Local News, A5.