Brantford municipal election, 2000

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The 2000 Brantford municipal election was held on November 13, 2000, to elect a mayor, city councillors, and school trustees in the city of Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Results[edit]

2000 Brantford municipal election, Mayor of Brantfordedit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Chris Friel 13,251 45.60
John Starkey 9,586 32.99
Dave Neumann 4,015 13.82
Kevin Raymond 1,777 6.12
Winston C. Ferguson 245 0.84
Joseph Robert Gallant 185 0.64
Total valid votes 29,059 100
  • Kevin Raymond was born in Sudbury, lived in Hamilton during his youth, and later moved to Toronto.[1] He is a member of the Liberal Party and was an assistant for Member of Parliament (MP) Jane Stewart and Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Dave Levac before running for office himself.[2] He has also been a youth councillor and corporate recruiter and has done fundraising work for Habitat for Humanity.[3] After the 2000 election, he was a citizen appointee to Brantford's Waste Reduction Steering Committee.[4]
  • Joseph Robert Gallant is a former Roman Catholic priest from North Bay who later worked as an interior designer.[5] He took part in a protest against Archbishop Aloysius Ambrozic in 1994, after Ambrozic spoke against provincial legislation to expand the rights of same-sex couples.[6] He ran for mayor of Brantford in 1997 and 2000. Fifty-five years old on the latter occasion, he described himself as a "controversial candidate" and as someone who had never been a politician.[7] He called for a renewal of Brantford's downtown in both elections, supported a charity casino in 1997, and decried the links between politicians and developers in 2000.[8]


2000 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward One (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Paul Urbanowicz 2,908 31.47
Larry Kings 2,398 25.95
Mike Quattrociocchi 1,450 15.69
Judy Friel 1,367 14.79
Mike Tutt 878 9.50
Richard Pikulski 240 2.60
Total valid votes 9,241 100
  • Judy Friel began her career in early child care work in 1968. She has owned and operated several child care centres in Brantford and has received a Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.[9] Friel is the mother of Chris Friel, who served as mayor of Brantford from 1994 to 2003 and was elected to the same office again in 2010. Her late husband, James Friel, also sought election to public office in Brantford in 1976. She decided to run for council after her son said he that would not seek re-election as mayor. He later reconsidered and was elected to another term; local reports suggest that his decision prevented his mother from running a credible independent campaign.[10] She was fifty-seven years old in 2000 and said that her primary concerns were the environment, completion of the Brantford Southern Access Route, and an expansion of youth facilities.[11]


2000 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Two (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Vince Bucci 4,498 40.97
(x)John Sless 4,437 40.41
Chuck Giles 2,044 18.62
Total valid votes 10,979 100
  • Chuck Giles, who was fifty-five years old in 2000, was a teacher, childcare worker, and residential counsellor prior to his retirement. He has been a director with the Ontario Housing Corporation and a member of the Brantford General Hospital Board.[12] He ran for mayor of Brantford in 1994 and for city council in 1991 and 2000, losing each time. He acknowledged that he had no change of winning in 2000 and said that he only ran to prevent John Sless and Vince Bucci from winning without opposition.[13] Giles later became involved in campaigns against elder abuse and co-founded Brantford's Seniors Resource Centre.[14]


2000 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Three (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Mike Hancock 4,793 40.46
Greg Martin 3,593 30.33
(x)Bob Taylor 3,459 29.20
Total valid votes 11,845 100


2000 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Four (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Richard Carpenter 4,008 38.22
Dave Wrobel 2,130 20.31
Andy Woodburn 1,864 17.77
(x)Pat Franklin 1,757 16.75
Mark Johnson 729 6.95
Total valid votes 10,488 100


2000 Brantford municipal election, Councillor, Ward Five (two members elected)edit
Candidate Total votes  % of total votes Notes
(x)Marguerite Ceschi-Smith 2,792 36.25
(x)Wally Lucente 2,395 31.10
Tim Philp 1,816 23.58
Shawn MacKeigan 699 9.08
Total valid votes 7,702 100
  • Shawn MacKeigan was a first-time political candidate, aged twenty-two. He was a graduate of Pauline Johnson Collegiate and worked for a Kitchener-based company in 2000.[15] He called for downtown renewal and the expansion of Laurier Brantford, and said he would like to see Brantford's downtown become a university community.[16] He later became chairman of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 181, representing Ontario Works Brant, and helped build a coalition of local labour groups ahead of collective bargaining.[17]

Source: Ross Marowits, "Friel rides happiness," Brantford Expositor, 14 November 2000, A3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vincent Ball, "Brantford city council -- mayoralty: Kevin Raymond says he represents change," Brantford Expositor, 8 November 2000, D3.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Meen and Michael-Allan Marion, "Health minister `handling' local issues," Brantford Expositor, 8 October 1999, A6; David Sharpe, "Alliance of local Liberals may not be good for city," Brantford Expositor, 10 October 2000, A3.
  3. ^ Vincent Ball, "Brantford city council -- mayoralty: Kevin Raymond says he represents change," Brantford Expositor, 8 November 2000, D3; "Habitat for Humanity building support," Brantford Expositor, 21 July 1999, B3.
  4. ^ Ross Marowits, "City appointments questioned after candidates passed over," Brantford Expositor, 16 January 2001, A4.
  5. ^ "Brantford city council -- mayoralty: Robert Gallant," Brantford Expositor, 8 November 2000, D4.
  6. ^ Jim Rankin, "Gays denounce Ambrozic at vigil," Toronto Star, 6 June 1994, B1.
  7. ^ Susan Gamble, "Comparing candidates: Mayoral hopefuls lay out platforms for Rotarians," Brantford Expositor, 4 November 2000, A3.
  8. ^ "Brantford city council -- mayoralty: Robert Gallant," Brantford Expositor, 8 November 2000, D4.
  9. ^ Michelle Ruby, "Child-care trailblazer: Judith Friel is praised for her work in early childhood education," Brantford Expositor, 28 March 2005, A1.
  10. ^ Dan McCreary, "Last-minute candidates face tough battle for council seats," Brantford Expositor, 16 October 2000, A3.
  11. ^ Vincent Ball, "Vacant seat attracts Ward 1 candidates," Brantford Expositor, 20 October 2000, A9; "Brantford city council -- Ward 1 (Two to be elected)," Brantford Expositor, 8 November 2000, D6.
  12. ^ Ross Marowits, "Ward 2 traditionally a place of quiet politics," Brantford Expositor, 21 October 2000, A13.
  13. ^ "Giles takes run at Ward 2 seat," Brantford Expositor, 14 October 2000, A9.
  14. ^ Susan Gamble, "Group fighting elder abuse," Brantford Expositor, 11 May 2004, A6; Susan Gamble, "City 'desperate' for MRI," Brantford Expositor, 16 April 2005, A3; Sean Allen, "Seniors Centre Seeks Funding" Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Brant News, 11 January 2001, accessed 18 February 2011.
  15. ^ "Newcomer in race for Ward 5," Brantford Expositor, 14 October 2000, A9.
  16. ^ "Brantford city council -- Ward 5," Brantford Expositor, 8 November 2000, D9.
  17. ^ Michael-Allan Marion, "Unions mount coalition ahead of bargaining", Brantford Expositor, 2010, accessed 28 January 2011.