Better Choices has 38 endorsed progressive candidates in the 2014 municipal and school board elections in Waterloo Region. We wanted candidates who have progressive positions on our identified issues and who possess the characteristics we think are critical to success.
We wanted to make endorsement decisions as early as possible in all our election races, to give our endorsed candidates the chance to spend as much time as possible campaigning. Nominations began on January 2, 2014, and Better Choices Waterloo Region made some endorsements as early as March and accepted applications for our endorsement up until August 1, 2014.
All endorsed candidates were required to complete a candidate questionnaire and our Executive interviewed each candidate. We received applications from 60 candidates for municipal councils and school boards, and interviewed all of them. We selected 38 candidates for endorsement based on their questionnaires, interviews, candidates’ voting records, and other information about the candidates that was given to us by the public.
We faced a number of difficult decisions in the endorsement process, as many races featured multiple candidates vying for a limited number of positions. Better Choices decided to endorse no more than the maximum number of candidates who could be elected in an any given race.
When you look at our list of endorsed candidates, you will note that we don’t have an endorsed candidate for every race. This could be for one of two reasons: either we did not receive an application for endorsement from anyone in that race, or we chose not to endorse someone who we interviewed.