So I went through the listing and read the "Candidate Profile" from the city website then checked out the individual websites, facebook pages etc for each candidate. I am not sure that the "Candidate Profile" always provides a realistic view of the motives and intentions of the individual seeking the position. Sometime Facebook, Twitter or their website is more telling.
Here is what I understand after reading through the materials;
Stephen Andrew - City Focused
- Focus towards City Business / Represents all electorate
Jeremy Caradonna - A Mix
- On one side we have some special interest ("climate policymaker", shift from Natural Gas)
- On the other, affordable housing is logical ("increase supply and develop holistically") anti-slate and notes current divisiveness
Peter Forbes - City Focus
- Business Owner / Builder. Doesn't say much on the "Candidate Profile" but his facebook page outlines City Services, City Infrastructure and stating that the focus would be on city neighbourhoods.
Riga Godron - Unknown but slight lean to Special Interest
- The Narrative in the "Candidate Profile" is very upbeat about how wonderful everyone is....doesn't say anything about her focus or reason for seeking the role.
- She was a Together Victoria Candidate.
- Website as listed in the TC article appears to be gone or down?
- References to addressing Indigenous issues and devoted to her kids.
Stefanie Hardman (Together Victoria) - Special Interest
- Affordable housing (non-market), Free Transit, Housing First
Gordon Mackinnon - Unknown
- The "Candidate Profile" lists that he has painted 7 telephone poles in Fernwood, Cyclist Response Team, part of Emergency Management Victoria, volunteer with Fernwood NRG’s, Seniors Yoga and High Tea.
- I don't know what he expects to do as a councilor or why he is running.
Rachael Montgomery - A Mix
- Is an environmentalist, note plastic bags, climate leadership
- Works in healthcare, notes prosperity/strong economy
Keith Rosenberg - A Mix leaning to City Focus
- strong special needs advocate
- veteran, "common sense attitude to local politics and budgeting", "staunch supporter of Victoria’s Police force". First impression - he wouldn't put up with the shenanigans in council and wouldn't be as reserved in his responses like Young is.
Alexander Schmid - City Focus
- The "Candidate Profile" lists Laboratory instructor at the University of Victoria, Owned and ran an electronics repair business for 25 years, Member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
- His website lists Traffic, Public Transit, "half-baked" bike lanes, more communication