August 29, 2014 – Better Choices Waterloo Region has endorsed 38 candidates for the October 27th municipal and school board elections. The coalition of progressive individuals and organizations endorsed candidates for Regional and area municipal Councils and both school boards after 60 candidates filled out the group’s questionnaire.
“We are extremely excited about this diverse group of candidates,” said Nancy Hutcheson, spokesperson for the Better Choices Executive. “It contains a good mix of incumbents and new candidates from a variety of backgrounds and experience, and we are confident that a good number of them will be successful in their election campaigns.”
Endorsement decisions were based on four key issues identified in public meetings:
- Strengthening our Local Economy,
- Building an Open and Inclusive Government,
- Creating a Liveable and Sustainable Community, and
- Addressing Poverty
Also considered were key candidate characteristics that the Coalition was looking for:
- Knowledgeable and Seeks Information,
- Electable, and
- Shows Leadership.
“Ultimately, we were seeking candidates who align best with our four key issues, and who possess these characteristics,” Hutcheson explained.
The ten-person executive of Better Choices 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.
“Our hope is that progressive voters will unite behind endorsed candidates,” said Hutcheson. “I think those who look into it will see how thorough this endorsement process was.” To be considered for endorsement, candidates completed an in-depth questionnaire and participated in a face-to-face interview with members of the Better Choices executive. The Executive also considered candidates’ voting records and public statements in making its decisions.
Here is the list of endorsed candidates:
|First Name||Last Name||Race/Position|
|Cameron||Dearlove||Region Kitchener (4 to elect)|
|Elizabeth||Clarke||Region Kitchener (4 to elect)|
|Greg||Burns||Region Kitchener (4 to elect)|
|Tom||Galloway||Region Kitchener (4 to elect)|
|Jane||Mitchell||Region Waterloo (2 to elect)|
|Anthony||Piscitelli||WCDSB Kitchener/Wilmot (4 to elect)|
|Amy||Fee||WCDSB Kitchener/Wilmot (4 to elect)|
|Joyce||Anderson||WCDSB Kitchener/Wilmot (4 to elect)|
|Melanie||Van Alphen||WCDSB Waterloo/Wellesley/Woolwich (2 to elect)|
|Janek||Jagiellowicz||WCDSB Waterloo/Wellesley/Woolwich (2 to elect)|
|Lisa||MacDonald||Woolwich 3 (2 to elect)|
|Doug||McKlusky||WRDSB Kitchener (4 to elect)|
|Kathi||Smith||WRDSB Kitchener (4 to elect)|
|Ted||Martin||WRDSB Kitchener (4 to elect)|
|Carol||Millar||WRDSB Waterloo/Wilmot (3 to elect)|
|Shelly||Reed||WRDSB Waterloo/Wilmot (3 to elect)|
|Kathleen||Woodcock||WRDSB Waterloo/Wilmot (3 to elect)|
|Scott||McMillan||WRDSB Woolwich/Wellesley (1 to elect)|