Some endorsements are easier to write than others.
This one isn’t easy. And it’s not because I’m unsure of my pick. I am.
In College ward, there are three knowledgeable candidates running, one of them is incumbent Rick Chiarelli. His opponents would have you believe College ward residents are unhappy with the level of communication or lack thereof from Chiarelli. If that’s true, they’ll let him know at the ballot box.
Unfortunately for Emilie Coyle, she became a bit obsessed with that thought. I don’t see that as a substantial platform.
I want to hear what candidates are going to offer, not to simply bitch about their opponents. And as an aside, when I watch an all-candidates’ debate, can only believe how someone behaves at a candidates’ debate will reveal itself on the council floor. And Coyle was rude, feeling the need to interrupt and diss Chiarelli rather than offer up her own qualities.
I wouldn’t endorse a candidate based strictly on their behaviour in a debate but for me, the real choice in College ward is between Kennery and Chiarelli. I like them both.
I’ve been covering Chiarelli for years, and first met Kennery when he was working for Mayor Jim Watson.
He’d recently moved into the ward, planned to run and reached out to me. At that time, he didn’t have a platform and couldn’t or wouldn’t say where he saw Chiarelli failing – or how he would or could be better than Chiarelli. That’s not a criticism, those were early days.
Watson has recently called for voters to elect candidates who get along. Don’t need to read between the lines to understand our good mayor simply doesn’t like people opposing him. Chiarelli isn’t a trouble maker. Like many others on council, he gets along with most of his colleagues most of the time. The fact that he’s the funniest guy on council certainly isn’t a reason to vote for him, but he is damn funny!
And sadly, while I think Kennery could make a good councillor one day, he hasn’t proven – to me at least – that he’s got a platform strong enough to oust Chiarelli. And I fear he’ll side with the mayor more often than not, even if that sometimes means he has to suck up some of his own beliefs. It’s happened to countless other good councillors over the years.
If you want a strong effective council – and a representative who’s there to really represent you with his years of experience, for me – there’s just one choice and that’s Rick Chiarelli.