Brennan or Ruttan?
For a lot of Nanaimo's constituents, the choice for mayor in the upcoming municipal election is between two candidates: Diane Brennan and John Ruttan.
Information on local blogs indicates that Mr. Ruttan's qualifications are formidable, if you value a person who is regularly involved in local business and community initiatives. It looks like he's used to taking a role of leadership.
Mrs. Brennan also has a very solid background, though. Her strengths appear to reside in bringing people together, facilitating communication and negotiating.
My sense is that Diane Brennan is more interested in developing internal processes, while John Ruttan is closer to business and growth initiatives. (No, I won't vote according to a "sense".)
I'm hoping this thread will remain informational and constructive. I'm not too interested in heated opinions either way, as I tend not to give those as much credence as I give to measured ones. But that's just me, and I'm not the only person using this conversation.
JohnRuttan.ca and his Facebook group
A picture is worth a thousand words, and she was rude to me tonight, just for asking for clarification on 1583 Bartlet at city council tonight.
are you suggesting that the photo above of Mrs. Brennan is a good tool with which to form an opinion of who should or should not become the next mayor? I thought we were electing based on qualifications, not a beauty pageant.
Originally Posted by James Younger
never trust a man in brown velvet.. :P
I think it is some type of corduroy not velvet
Originally Posted by Soda
Confusion is what I see. Her intentions come from the heart I am sure. Yes she would get wet houses, I doubt with adequate provincial or federal funding. Sending Nanaimo into financial spending that we should not borrow for. You can`t just keep borrowing money for programs and worry about paying later, as you and your husband feed from the public trough.
Does anybody know what the material is on Johns jacket?
That sounds like sound advice to me James. In the last 3 years our Municipal liability has ballooned from $60,000,000 to $119,000,000 and increase of $59 Million while at the same time we have depleted our reserves by over $8,000,000 indicating a 3 year deficit of $67 Million.
Originally Posted by James Younger
The scarey thing is we have not seen the final numbers for the PNC that only just completed this year. Those numbers are due out at the end of this year.
Of course, there is also the incumbent, Gary Korpan and Larry Iwaskow running for the position of Mayor in Nanaimo.
Larry has been involved in the community of Protection Island and is a strong supporter of the Nanaimo Bathtub Race with his involvement of the Spirit and Intent (Protection Island) Bathtub Racing team, the Lions Club, traffic safety, Plan Nanaimo, Nanaimo Volunteer Firefighter Association and the Newcastle Island steering committees.
Gary Korpan has been involved in the community as a councillor (first elected in 1985) and mayor since 1993. He said as mayor, he will continue to stop wasteful spending through fair budgetary control, seek strong protection for the city’s waterfront, promote environmentally sound economic development and job creation, and promote community health. Other accomplishments he is proud of include shutting down the hospital incinerator, bringing HandiDart transportation to the disabled, increasing police and firefighting services, improving health protection through smoking and burning bylaws, and achieving a world-class theatre and Olympic size swimming pool.
Larry is a spoiler that is only going to improve the odds of Korpan getting in again. 2002 he ran for Mayor and got 1,200 votes. 2005 he ran for Council and got 1,600 votes. He is a known pot smoker and once stated at an all candidates meeting that Council would run much smoother if everyone smoked a joint once in while.
Originally Posted by Smokey©
Korpan. Never again.
If every eligible voter that has ever smoked a joint voted for Larry, he might win.
Originally Posted by titan5