Hamilton, Ontario municipal election, 2006

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Hamilton municipal election, 2006

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November 8, 2006
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  Fred Eisenberger.jpg Larry DiIanni.jpg
Candidate Fred Eisenberger Larry Di Ianni (Incumbent) Dianne Elms
Party Independent Independent Independent
Popular vote 54,110 53,658 9,459
Percentage 43.21 42.84 7.55

  Brother Michael Baldasaro Mayoral.jpg
Candidate Michael Baldassaro others
Party Independent Independent
Popular vote 4,520 3,492
Percentage 3.61 2.8

Hamilton2006Mayoral.jpg

The results of the 2006 race. As opposed to 2003, DiIanni lost a majority of the suburbs and lost ground to Eisenberger in the urban areas of the city.

Mayor before election

Larry Di Ianni

Elected Mayor

Fred Eisenberger

The 2006 Hamilton municipal election was held on November 13, 2006, to elect municipal officials in Hamilton, Ontario. Touted by pundits as being one of the closest mayoral races in Hamilton history, the incumbent Larry Di Ianni was defeated by a margin of 452 votes by Fred Eisenberger.

Mayoral Election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Iridology partitioner Diane Elms
  • Fringe candidate Steve Leach
  • Joke candidate Martin Zuliniak

Michael Baldasaro: Leader of the Church of the Universe and a perennial candidate for office, running for Parliament in 1984, 2000 and 2004, Ward 2 Councillor in 2004 and Mayor for Hamilton on numerous occasions. His campaign was centered on legalization of marijuana, but he also supported demalgimation and keeping City Hall in Jackson Square.

Larry Di Ianni: Incumbent Mayor of Hamilton. He was involved in a scandal involving his 2003 election campaign and was subsequently charged with violating the Municipal Elections Act. This turned many Hamiltonians against him and was cited as one of the reasons for his defeat.

Fred Eisenberger: Former Ward 5 city councillor and chairman of the Hamilton Port Authority. He unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2000, finishing third behind Bob Wade and Bob Morrow.

Diane Elms: An iridology practitioner who ran a reform campaign, centered around fiscal mismanagement and lack of voter participation.[1] She also stated that, if elected mayor, she would ask in Jesus' name, for God to forgive all those who misused their authority.[2]

Gino Speziale: A tool and dye maker who ran a very small campaign. At most debates, people found that he supported Ms. Elms a majority of the time.[3]

Steve Leach: An unknown candidate. The Hamilton Spectator poked fun at his lack of involvement in an editorial cartoon and commented "Steve Leach is so fringe, he's out of sight."[4]

Martin Zuliniak: A pseudo-joke candidate who associated himself with the Rhinoceros Party, but had a non-joke platform of lower taxes, deamalgamation and tourism promotion.[2]

Results[edit]

The Ward-By-Ward percentages for the top three candidates: Eisenberger, DiIanni and Elms.
e • d  Summary of the November 13, 2006 Hamilton, Ontario Mayoral Election
Candidate Popular vote
Votes % ±%
Fred Eisenberger 54,110 43.21% n/a
Larry Di Ianni (Incumbent) 53,658 42.84% -8.08%
Diane Elms 9,459 7.55% n/a
Michael Baldasaro 4,520 3.61% +1.76%
Gino Speziale 1,274 1.02 n/a
Steve Leach 1,250 1.00 n/a
Martin S. Zuliniak 968 0.77 n/a
Total Votes 126,986 100%
Registered Voters 340,941 37.25% -0.72%
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

City Council Elections[edit]

Ward One (West Hamilton-McMaster)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 1
Brian McHattie 5,068 62.88
Tony Greco 2,676 33.20
Fred Spencer 316 3.92
Total valid votes 8,060 100.00
  • Barber Tony Greco presented himself as the establishment to McHattie, and picked up support from political fixtures such as former Hamilton regional chairman Terry Cooke.[6]
  • Developer Fred Spencer, called the race an "eye-opener" and lamented the lack of student involvement.[6]

Ward Two (Downtown)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 2
Bob Bratina 4,001 66.78
Judy MacDonald-Musitano 1,424 23.77
Dawn Lescaudron 319 5.32
Haider Shaikh 247 4.12
Total valid votes 5,991 99.99
  • Bob Bratina, the incumbent councillor with only two years on council after winning a 2004 by-election, focused this campaign on transparency, increased policing and improved Via Rail service in the city.[7]
  • Judy MacDonald-Musitano, who also ran in the 2004 by-election, held as her campaign principles the enforcement of a mandatory balanced budget, improved affordable transit and removal of parking meters in the downtown core.[8]
  • Dawn Lescaudron was a first-time candidate, and did not interact with local media for the duration of the campaign.[9]
  • Haider Shaikh promoted lower taxes, increased infrastructure spending and attracting new investment.[8]

Ward Three (East Hamilton-Stipley)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 3
Bernie Morelli 4,460 72.65
Sean Gibson 1,679 27.35
Total valid votes 6,139 100.00
  • Sean Gibson, the owner of The Barber Center, a school of hairdressing, organized youth and minorities to give them greater representation on council.[11]

Ward Four (East Hamilton-Barton)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 4
Sam Merulla 5,005 63.04
Dave Wilson 2,396 30.18
Norm Bulbrook 368 4.63
Dave Banko 171 2.15
Total valid votes 7,940 100.00

Ward Five (Red Hill-Rosedale)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 5
Chad Collins 8,245 90.26
George Gamble 890 9.74
Total valid votes 9,135 100.00

Ward Six (East Mountain)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 6
Tom Jackson 8,479 79.70
Nathalie Xian Yi Yan 2,160 20.30
Total valid votes 10,639 100.00

Ward Seven (Central Mountain)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 7
Scott Duvall 4,111 29.56
Dennis Haining 2,554 18.36
Dave Shuttleworth 2,509 18.04
John Gallagher 1,281 9.21
Mark DiMillo 1,179 8.48
Mark Harrington 1,031 7.41
Tim Nolan 994 7.15
Mark-Alan Whittle 249 1.79
Total valid votes 13,908 100.00

Ward Eight (West Mountain)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 8
Terry Whitehead 7,829 55.72
Frank D'Amico 3,614 25.72
Peter Martin 2,387 16.99
Wayne Boychuk 221 1.57
Total valid votes 14,051 100.00

Ward Nine (Upper Stoney Creek)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 9
Brad Clark 3,394 50.92
Phil Bruckler 3,271 49.08
Total valid votes 6,665 100.00

Ward Ten (Lower Stoney Creek)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 10
Maria Pearson 5,784 75.07
Mary Ray 1 414 18.35
Keith Beck 507 6.58
Total valid votes 7,705 100.00

Ward Eleven (Glanbrook-Winona)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 11
David Mitchell 4,646 60.04
Joseph Baiardo 1,949 25.19
Sergio Della Fortuna 1,143 14.77
Total valid votes 7,738 100.00

Ward Twelve (Ancaster)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 12
Lloyd Ferguson 3,549 37.07
Aznive Mallett 2,629 27.46
Ryan Hale 2,625 27.42
John Rocchi 690 7.21
David Hodds 82 0.86
Total valid votes 9,575 100.00

Ward Thirteen (Dundas)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 13
Russ Powers 2,667 34.33
Julia Kollek 2,404 30.95
Keith Sharp 1,855 23.88
Peggy Chapman 842 10.84
Total valid votes 7,768 100.00

Ward Fourteen (Jerseyville-Rockton)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 14
Robert Pasuta 2,519 59.78
Grant Maloney 1,695 40.22
Total valid votes 4,214 100.00

Ward Fifteen (Flamborough)[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Ward 15
Margaret McCarthy 3,657 58.83
Judi Partridge 2,559 41.17
Total valid votes 6,216 100.00

Public School Board Election[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Wards 1 and 2
Judith Bishop Acclaimed
Ward 3
Tim Simmons 1,492 39.79
Michael Adkins 811 21.63
Alex Moroz 808 21.55
Ryan Sparrow 639 17.04
Total valid votes 3,750 100.00
Ward 4
Ray Mulholland 3,196 58.78
Christy Cowan 2,241 41.22
Total valid votes 5,437 100.00
Ward 5
Ron English 2,639 53.75
Judy Kloosterman 2,271 46.25
Total valid votes 4,910 100.00
Ward 6
Laura Peddle 2,499 37.55
Kathy Archer 2,408 36.18
Lorrie McKibbon 1,084 16.29
Matt Terry 664 9.98
Total valid votes 6,655 100.00
Ward 7
Lil Orban 4,778 57.27
Judy Colantino 3,565 42.73
Total valid votes 8,343 100.00
Ward 8
Wes Hicks 4,410 53.13
Al Pierce (incumbent) 2,556 30.80
Sylvia Thomas 1,334 16.07
Total valid votes 8,300 100.00
Wards 9 and 10
Robert Barlow 3,495 47.54
John Davidson 2,587 35.19
Michael Gemmel 1,270 17.27
Total valid votes 7,352 100.00
Wards 11 and 12
Shirley Glauser 6,031 62.86
Bob Maton 1,921 20.02
Peter Accadia 1,642 17.11
Total valid votes 9,594 100.00
Ward 13
Jessica Brennan 4,548 78.81
Tyler Rockliffe 1,223 21.19
Total valid votes 5,771 100.00
Wards 14 and 15
Karen Turkstra 4,180 50.84
Reg Woodworth 4,042 49.16
Total valid votes 8,222 100.00

Catholic School Board Election[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Wards 1 and 2
Louis Agro 1,381 60.38
M. Scullion-Mindorff 906 39.62
Total valid votes 2,287 100.00
Wards 3 and 4
Ralph Agostino 2,158 55.36
David Martin 1,358 34.84
Brian Nestor 382 9.80
Total valid votes 3,898 100.00
Ward 5
Linda DiBartolomeo 1,623 44.80
Salvatore Agostino 1,462 40.35
Enzo Galano 538 14.85
Total valid votes 3,623 100.00
Ward 6
Kyran Kennedy acclaimed
Ward 7
Patrick Daly acclaimed
Ward 8
Sergio Manchia acclaimed
Wards 9 - 11
Mary Nardini 5,309 36.85
Ray Bartolotti 3,838 26.64
Frank Lasowski 2,213 15.36
Rino Menegazzo 2,005 13.91
Steve Denault 1,044 7.25
Total valid votes 14,409 100.00
Wards 12 - 15
Carolyn Cornale 3,313 64.88
Phil Homerski 1,793 35.12
Total valid votes 5,106 100.00

French Public School Board Election[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Micheline Wylde 463 61.41
C. Sassou Messan 291 38.59
Total valid votes 754 100.00

French Catholic School Board Election[edit]

Candidate Votes %
Marcel Lévesque acclaimed

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://hamiltonviews.smfforfree.com/topic/58.0.html | Diane Elms 4 Mayor −2006
  2. ^ a b http://www.raisethehammer.org/index.asp?id=401 | Candidates describe the five most important actions they would take to improve Hamilton - Raise the Hammer
  3. ^ http://209.85.215.104/search?q=cache:5HwMcMDub-cJ:hwdsb.on.ca/westdale/StudentVoice.html+Gino+SPEZIALE&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1 | Mayoral Debate Comes to Westdale!
  4. ^ http://www.mackaycartoons.net/2006/huh2006-11-10.html | The 2006 Hamilton Mayoral Race (An Editorial) - Hamilton Spectator
  5. ^ Van Harten, Peter. "Ward One," The Hamilton Spectator, November 14, 2006, Local News (A8).
  6. ^ a b Van Harten, "Ward One," (A8).
  7. ^ The Hamilton Spectator. "Ward Two Profile," The Hamilton Spectator, October 26, 2006, Local News (A13).
  8. ^ a b Spectator, "Ward Two Profile," (A13).
  9. ^ Burman, John. "Ward Two," The Hamilton Spectator, November 14, 2006, Local News (A8).
  10. ^ Bradley, Brian J. and Susannah Schmidt. "Sweet 16 for Morelli," The Hamilton Spectator, November 14, 2006, Local News (A9).
  11. ^ Bradley and Schmidt, "Sweet 16 for Morelli," (A9)