By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson says he will run for re-election to council in 2014.
But he will take some time to decide if he will take a step up the political ladder and seek the mayor’s job.
“I have a lot of work to do in Ancaster and that’s my goal right now,” saidFerguson. “I love my job in Ancaster.”
Ferguson, a former Dufferin Construction Company executive who first won election in 2006, acknowledged he has thought about running for mayor.
“I will probably take the winter (to determine a run for mayor),” he said.
Interest in the second-term councillor’s political future heightened when Ward 1 councillor Brian McHattie and former mayor Fred Eisenberger both recently announced they will be running for mayor. McHattie was first elected to council in 2003, defeating incumbent councillor Marvin Caplan. McHattie first ran for mayor in 1997.
Eisenberger served as mayor from 2006, when he defeated former mayor Larry Di Ianni, until 2010 when Mayor Bob Bratina emerged the winner, sweeping away both Di Ianni and Eisenberger in a crowded field.
Eisenberger served as the Ward 5 alderman in the old city of Hamilton from 1991 to 2000. He ran for mayor in the amalgamated city, but lost to Bob Wade, the former Ancaster mayor. In 2003 he registered to run in the 2003 mayoral race, but withdrew citing a conflict of interest, since he was the chair of the Hamilton Port Authority. In 2004 he was the federal Progressive Conservative candidate in the Hamilton East-Stoney Creek riding, but finished third to Liberal Tony Valeri.
Mayor Bob Bratina has not officially announced if he will be seeking a second term, but there is a belief the former Ward 2 councillor will seek re-election next year.
Ferguson’s name has come up as a possible candidate for mayor over the last few years, especially because of his reluctance to spend taxpayers’ money.
Recently, he has been selected to serve on the troubled Hamilton Police Services Board, after Bratina withdrew in a surprise move. He oversaw the successful redevelopment of city hall, and he chaired the committee that monitored the construction of the Pan Am stadium.
In the last municipal election he introduced an ambition agenda he wanted to accomplish within his community, including expanding the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, re-building Wilson Street, extending a number of trails, and completing the Village Green master plan. All those projects have been finished, except for the section of Wilson Street from Seminole Road to the roundabout. Ferguson said he will seek to have the rest of the roadway reconstructed in 2015.
“I have been able to complete quite a number of projects,” said Ferguson. “But there are still lots of projects to do.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton Centre NDP MP David Christopherson, who ran against Stoney Creek councillor Larry Di Ianni in 2003 over the major issue of building the Red Hill Creek Parkway, has taken his name out of next year’s mayoral race.
While he loves Hamilton, he wants to remain at the federal level serving NDP leader Thomas Mulcair as one of his deputy leaders.