Hamilton Coun. Terry Whitehead considering mayoral race

News Mar 19, 2018 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead is once again considering a run for mayor.

Whitehead, who was first elected in 2003 as Ward 8 councillor, said he started thinking about running after a number of people told him he should over the last few months.

“It’s clear to me that a lot of friends and allies say I should seriously consider it. So I am,” said Whitehead.

This isn’t the first time the veteran n politician has thought about campaigning for the mayor’s chair. In 2014 he was leaning toward running, but finally decided not to take the plunge. The 2014 mayoral election had a crowded field with 12 contenders, including former mayor Fred Eisenberger and former councillors Brad Clark and Brian McHattie. Eisenberger won.

“I’ve got to look to see if I can contrast myself with the other candidates to really bring the deliverables and style in which Hamilton would be proud and inspired,” said Whitehead.

Over the course of this term, Whitehead has become a polarizing figure, especially among social media activists for his views on transit, bike lanes and roads.

However, Whitehead says he has received more encouragement from people living in the downtown area than negative messages.

A decision about his political future will be made in about a month, he said.

So far, Eisenberger has said he will seek re-election, while Flamborough resident and well-known de-amalgamation supporter Roman Sarachman has said he will run for mayor as well.

There is a shorter time frame for municipal candidates to decide whether to run in this election after changes to the Municipal Elections Act were passed last year. Nominations open up on May 1 and close July 27.

Whitehead has also been looking at whether to run in Ward 8 or in the new Ward 14 on the Mountain under the revised ward boundary structure that was created by an Ontario Municipal Board decision last December.

In the last two municipal elections Whitehead has had a relatively easy time keeping his place around the council table. In 2010 Whitehead collected 9,908 votes, besting Kim Jenkinson who had 3,877 votes. In the 2014 election, Whitehead won with 9,364 votes while his only challenger, Joshua Peter Czerniga, received 2,870 votes.

Prior to being a councillor, Whitehead was a special assistant to then provincial cabinet minister David Christopherson from 1990 to 1995 and was a special adviser to then federal cabinet minister Sheila Copps from 2000 to 2003. In between those two stints he was chief of staff to former long-term mayor Bob Morrow from 1995 to 2000.

 

Hamilton Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead mulling over mayoral challenge

News Mar 19, 2018 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead is once again considering a run for mayor.

Whitehead, who was first elected in 2003 as Ward 8 councillor, said he started thinking about running after a number of people told him he should over the last few months.

“It’s clear to me that a lot of friends and allies say I should seriously consider it. So I am,” said Whitehead.

This isn’t the first time the veteran n politician has thought about campaigning for the mayor’s chair. In 2014 he was leaning toward running, but finally decided not to take the plunge. The 2014 mayoral election had a crowded field with 12 contenders, including former mayor Fred Eisenberger and former councillors Brad Clark and Brian McHattie. Eisenberger won.

"It's clear to me that a lot of friends and allies say I should seriously consider (running for mayor)." — Terry Whitehead

“I’ve got to look to see if I can contrast myself with the other candidates to really bring the deliverables and style in which Hamilton would be proud and inspired,” said Whitehead.

Over the course of this term, Whitehead has become a polarizing figure, especially among social media activists for his views on transit, bike lanes and roads.

However, Whitehead says he has received more encouragement from people living in the downtown area than negative messages.

A decision about his political future will be made in about a month, he said.

So far, Eisenberger has said he will seek re-election, while Flamborough resident and well-known de-amalgamation supporter Roman Sarachman has said he will run for mayor as well.

There is a shorter time frame for municipal candidates to decide whether to run in this election after changes to the Municipal Elections Act were passed last year. Nominations open up on May 1 and close July 27.

Whitehead has also been looking at whether to run in Ward 8 or in the new Ward 14 on the Mountain under the revised ward boundary structure that was created by an Ontario Municipal Board decision last December.

In the last two municipal elections Whitehead has had a relatively easy time keeping his place around the council table. In 2010 Whitehead collected 9,908 votes, besting Kim Jenkinson who had 3,877 votes. In the 2014 election, Whitehead won with 9,364 votes while his only challenger, Joshua Peter Czerniga, received 2,870 votes.

Prior to being a councillor, Whitehead was a special assistant to then provincial cabinet minister David Christopherson from 1990 to 1995 and was a special adviser to then federal cabinet minister Sheila Copps from 2000 to 2003. In between those two stints he was chief of staff to former long-term mayor Bob Morrow from 1995 to 2000.

 

Hamilton Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead mulling over mayoral challenge

News Mar 19, 2018 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

Hamilton Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead is once again considering a run for mayor.

Whitehead, who was first elected in 2003 as Ward 8 councillor, said he started thinking about running after a number of people told him he should over the last few months.

“It’s clear to me that a lot of friends and allies say I should seriously consider it. So I am,” said Whitehead.

This isn’t the first time the veteran n politician has thought about campaigning for the mayor’s chair. In 2014 he was leaning toward running, but finally decided not to take the plunge. The 2014 mayoral election had a crowded field with 12 contenders, including former mayor Fred Eisenberger and former councillors Brad Clark and Brian McHattie. Eisenberger won.

"It's clear to me that a lot of friends and allies say I should seriously consider (running for mayor)." — Terry Whitehead

“I’ve got to look to see if I can contrast myself with the other candidates to really bring the deliverables and style in which Hamilton would be proud and inspired,” said Whitehead.

Over the course of this term, Whitehead has become a polarizing figure, especially among social media activists for his views on transit, bike lanes and roads.

However, Whitehead says he has received more encouragement from people living in the downtown area than negative messages.

A decision about his political future will be made in about a month, he said.

So far, Eisenberger has said he will seek re-election, while Flamborough resident and well-known de-amalgamation supporter Roman Sarachman has said he will run for mayor as well.

There is a shorter time frame for municipal candidates to decide whether to run in this election after changes to the Municipal Elections Act were passed last year. Nominations open up on May 1 and close July 27.

Whitehead has also been looking at whether to run in Ward 8 or in the new Ward 14 on the Mountain under the revised ward boundary structure that was created by an Ontario Municipal Board decision last December.

In the last two municipal elections Whitehead has had a relatively easy time keeping his place around the council table. In 2010 Whitehead collected 9,908 votes, besting Kim Jenkinson who had 3,877 votes. In the 2014 election, Whitehead won with 9,364 votes while his only challenger, Joshua Peter Czerniga, received 2,870 votes.

Prior to being a councillor, Whitehead was a special assistant to then provincial cabinet minister David Christopherson from 1990 to 1995 and was a special adviser to then federal cabinet minister Sheila Copps from 2000 to 2003. In between those two stints he was chief of staff to former long-term mayor Bob Morrow from 1995 to 2000.