Municipal Election 2006

Unofficial Results: Eisenberger By a Whisker

By RTH Staff
Published November 13, 2006

The City of Hamilton's Election Summary Report just listed all 206 polls reporting with their results. Here's a quick breakdown by ward:

Ward Elected Votes % Votes
Mayor Fred Eisenberger 54110 43.21%
1 Brian McHattie 5068 62.88%
2 Bob Bratina 4001 66.78%
3 Bernie Morelli 4460 72.65%
4 Sam Merulla 5005 63.04%
5 Chad Collins 8245 90.26%
6 Tom Jackson 8479 79.70%
7 Scott Duvall 4111 29.56%
8 Terry Whitehead 7829 55.72%
9 Brad Clark 3394 50.92%
10 Maria Pearson 6784 75.07%
11 David Mitchell 4646 60.04%
12 Lloyd Ferguson 3549 41.39%
13 Russ Powers 2667 34.33%
14 Robert Pasuta 2519 59.78%
15 Margaret McCarthy 3657 58.83%

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By eisenhotdog (anonymous) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 22:19:15

Eisenberger got 54,110 votes and DiIanni got 53,658. Man that's close (452 votes!). Does anyone know if that's too close to stand, or if there will have to be a manual recount?

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By Matt Leiss (anonymous) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 22:36:31

That's not a great percentage; especially considering there are a LOT more than 340,000 of us here. That said, it's been good to see that the coverage from lots of different sources and biases has seemed to be encouraging turn-out and providing info on how to register/where to vote. Hopefully we'll spend the next four years getting those numbers picked up some..

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By Locke (registered) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 22:49:18

This has to go down as one of the most interesting municipal races in memory. Thanks to Cable 14 for providing us with the only ongoing updates that I could find (Shame on CH and the spec.com) and congrats to RTH for great coverage and for beating thespec.com at posting results.

Congrats to the winners, thanks to all who put forward their names and ideas in this election and thanks to the citizens who participated in the debate.

Now... This should be an interesting four years...

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By Brendan (registered) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 23:06:16

"Thanks to Cable 14 for providing us with the only ongoing updates that I could find (Shame on CH and the spec.com"

I listened to the whole thing on a live web-stream from CHML. I was pretty impressed with their coverage.

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By (anonymous) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 23:17:38

What a shocker of an election. Clearly a protest vote: Hamiltonians are angry and demand change.

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By jason (registered) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 23:29:34

Hamiltonians have taken back their city from control of rich special interest groups. This is an historic day for democracy in Hamilton. You'll recall on the weekend, I told everyone that this would be tight....stay tuned for more on this - RTH is more in tune with the people of this city than the landslide predictions from the Spec and Cable 14 hosts.

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By A Robot (anonymous) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 23:36:03

Their predictions were based on the stacked spec web polls and the numbers in campaign budgets

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By jason (registered) | Posted November 13, 2006 at 23:47:57

earlier today a member of DiIanni's campaign team told CH News that their numbers showed Larry winning with about 60% of the vote. Don't ever underestimate the citizenry...and for all the big medai - don't tell us who to vote for.

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By peter (anonymous) | Posted November 14, 2006 at 00:25:39

i wonder if that was ch's choice or global's. who pulls the strings there anyway? who cares. ch smells.

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By citizen (registered) | Posted November 14, 2006 at 01:45:05

I'm just glad Hamilton didn't re-elect a crook as mayor... even if it was by a wisker.

This is a great city and we can make it much better.

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By cautiously optimistic (anonymous) | Posted November 14, 2006 at 02:11:27

Though I am glad Di Ianni is gone, I am still a bit nervous about Eisenberger. He has potential but time will tell. At least now with a bit of a shake up at council, there is a prime opportunity for change. The battle against apathy however is far from won. Perhaps we need more events such as referendums or other measures to encourage input by the people. If they are habitually asked, perhaps they will get into the habit of making decisions and becoming a greater part of their city.

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By rusty (registered) - website | Posted November 14, 2006 at 08:28:45

I agree cautiously optimistic,

I think it's up to 'the people' now to show the 'new' council (we have 5-6 new faces right?) that we want to be included in our local democracy. We can't assume that the new mayor will suddenly do all the right things. I hope the people of Hamilton do what they can to force their way onto the agenda - write to the paper, write to the mayor, go to meetings, join local groups - this is a real opportunity for change but the last thing we need to do is sit back and wait for it to happen.

Interesting times ahead :)

Ben

PS It's it's Business as Usual in Toronto (if anybody cares...? :) )

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