With a full month of campaigning for the nominated candidates in the Cobourg Municipal election what has been seen so far from this observation seat?
Not much to date! Signs from three candidates, a few slick websites and most of the candidates have FaceBook pages. So we can assume that most of the necessary organisational work has been done underground by most of the candidates during the last month. But obviously one candidate was ahead of the game.
Going by activity Adam Bureau appears to be off to a quick start, he had a flashing first day – posing with a couple of supporters as they placed signs on lawns and inside downtown stores. Johnny Percolides has a sign in a downtown store but absent elsewhere and Miriam Mutton has a few scattered on front lawns. A double sign was spotted on a strategic corner – Ontario/Elgin. But impact was muted – the sign could be bigger – spend the money Randy – it will pay off. Congratulations to those who have made a start the others have ground to make up.
So what’s next for the voters and candidates? Hopefully now that leaflets have arrived, websites up and facebook pages ready the candidates actually do the work – hit the road. It will be interesting to see if parallel campaigns emerge. Social media is only as good as the activity generated. Posts have to be interesting and shared. That means a network of cyber-friends has to be created. That campaign will be measured in the number of “shares”. Here’s a hint for all the candidates if you want to be followed but not friends with everybody turn on the “Follow” button in your settings. Click here to find out how to do it.
The BurdReport has a campaign page set up – look for it in the top menubar – “CobourgElection2018”. We have asked all the Candidates two simple questions: “Why do you want to be on Council?” and “If elected what original idea do you have that you would like to have fellow Councillors adopt?” The answers, if received will be published in the next post. Some candidates have responded but the majority have not as yet but the deadline is tomorrow.
Of course as well as trying to get the name out front there will be opportunities for the public to see them, in at least two venues announced so far, to perform at All Candidates’ Meetings (ACM). One ACM is a closed, register for a seat affair maximum 125 people, so should be called for what it is a “restricted performance” or as one local media person calls it “Speed Campaigning”. Put on by the local Chamber of Commerce for its members but some seats will be left over for people who register online. Do it here. The other is being put on by the Northumberland Affordable Housing Committee, on September 27th at the Salvation Army Hall on Ballantine St. At least these meetings will help define the campaign issues, none of which has really caught the public’s interest yet.
Onward and upward!