Do Endorsements Matter?

It depends. I’d want to know a bit about the endorser and their reasons for their choices. Amid rumours of a slate, I looked for commonalities.

Leo’s lineup

Outgoing Deputy Mayor Leo Meloche publicly commented, ‘With the exception of the Mayor’s position here is the lineup I am supporting in the upcoming elections for Amherstburg Town Council.

For Councillor,
Lori Wightman
Linden Crain
Marc Renaud
Pat Simone
Don McArthur

For Deputy Mayor,
Chris Gibb.

I have had conversations with them and am confident in their ability to make key decisions that will move the Town forward while exercising financial stability. Wishing the team all the best.”

Leo’s

Gibb

Crain

McArthur

Renaud

Simone

Wightman

ACF

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0

S Gibb Q

Heritage

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Barriers

ACF is the Amherstburg Community Foundation where the website lists all the members of ‘our team‘ and ‘Community Builders‘ like Leo Meloche and Marc Renaud, 2021. Only those running are listed above.

S Gibb Q, is Chris Gibb’s wife and these candidates answered all of her blog questions.

As I previously stated, candidates are not obliged to answer anyone’s questions and I make no assumptions, although I do wonder if it would have been fair to answer all, or none, rather than favouring some.

Of note, Lori Wightman was the only one of the above candidates who answered my blog’s questionnaire. McArthur, Crain and Renaud, after nudging, answered one about removing Open Air barriers. Crain said yes and added, “If there are particular barriers in place,” which was similar to McArthur’s, ‘If there are persisting issues with accessibility.” Renaud mentioned parking and walking distance. Gibb and Simone publicly supported Open Air but didn’t answer my reader’s question.

One more common comparison: Richard Peddie (director), and Renée D’Amore (director), along with Linden Crain, were part of the T.H.R.I.V.E. team that created the Open Air White Paper. D’Amore wouldn’t allow my Facebook comments about the candidates’ nights at the Downtown Espresso that he is an owner of, and Peddie blocked me after a few tweets about barriers at the bookshop.

Heritage refers to the Architectural Conservancy Ontario Windsor-Essex chapter’s request for candidates’ heritage platforms.

Barriers includes meet and greets, website and twitter issues that may have excluded persons with disabilities.

Other candidates may share common interests, but these are only the ones I compared due to the rumours of a slate for information purposes only.

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4 thoughts on “Do Endorsements Matter?

  1. Thanks Lori. I didn’t contact these particular candidates just to inquire what their opinion of a rumoured slate was because I posted my opinion on my blog. Any or all of the candidates were free to write their opinion on social media or comment here on my post or email me their thoughts.

  2. I would have welcomed the chance to refute the gossip and innuendo instead of seeing it passed on without even an attempt at confirmation especially since I was so willing to answer and respond to any other inquiry you had.

    • Hi Lori, Can you let me know what the gossip and innuendo is that you’d like to refute if you didn’t have a chance 4 days ago to comment on the post or to email me? I can confirm that all of the information in the post was publicly available so I’m not sure what you expected me to attempt to confirm. I did note the exception in the post, “Of note, Lori Wightman was the only one of the above candidates who answered my blog’s questionnaire.”

      • Sure can. You state “Amid rumours of a slate, I looked for commonalities” and “Other candidates may share common interests, but these are only the ones I compared due to the rumours of a slate for information purposes only.” Unsubstantiated rumours about which you you could have at the very least inquired but yet, no email or inquiry to the actual candidates to see what they say about this non-existent slate. And no concern about 3 candidates who were all board members of the Amherstburg Taxpayers Association, 4 if you include one who was very involved but not a board member.

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