Our poll and the race for the mayoralty

Mayoral Poll

This is the final result of our mayoral poll
which ran for a week ending Sept. 13.
Check out our analysis of the poll numbers and trends.

Who would you choose to be the next mayor of Victoria?
  • Stephen Hammond 53%, 268 votes
    268 votes 53%
    268 votes - 53% of all votes
  • Lisa Helps 20%, 101 vote
    101 vote 20%
    101 vote - 20% of all votes
  • Bruce McGuigan 10%, 53 votes
    53 votes 10%
    53 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Ben Isitt* 6%, 29 votes
    29 votes 6%
    29 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Mike Geoghegan 4%, 18 votes
    18 votes 4%
    18 votes - 4% of all votes
  • A progressive who hasn't appeared yet.* 3%, 17 votes
    17 votes 3%
    17 votes - 3% of all votes
  • Rob Duncan 2%, 11 votes
    11 votes 2%
    11 votes - 2% of all votes
  • Sean Leitenberg 1%, 6 votes
    6 votes 1%
    6 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Ryan Moen 1%, 3 votes
    3 votes 1%
    3 votes - 1% of all votes
  • Chris Zmuda 0%, 1 vote
    1 vote
    1 vote - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 507
September 6, 2018 - September 13, 2018
Voting is closed

Seven challengers, all men, and the mayor–quite a choice. Sorry if you’re not familiar with all these candidates, neither are we, some just announced this week.

But it’s worth noting that among the eight declared candidates, only Lisa Helps has any experience on city council. (The ones with asterisks are write-in candidates added by our readers.)

The hard reality for the challengers is that, going back 25 years, all of the city’s mayors served as councillors before they earned the top job.

That says a lot about the advantage Helps holds leading into this election–she’s served four years as mayor and three as a councillor. Helps has a track record, name recognition and, of course, she currently holds the job.

On the other hand, the voters today may regard incumbency as a disadvantage and may be in a mood to clean house.

It seems we’re living in a new political era in 2018. The last civic election was only four years ago, but it feels like another time–2014 was pre-Trump, pre-Brexit, pre-Doug Ford, pre-height of the current local building boom, pre-world-wide anxiety over the hacking of the election down south and the vulnerability of democracy itself.

Are all bets off–or does the past hold the key to the future?

In the coming weeks, the big question is whether the opposition will coalesce around any one candidate. The other unknown is whether the list will change between now and the close of nominations Sept. 14. Most likely it will, as some candidates drop our and others drop in.

For information and the background on the mayoralty choices, consult Mr. Google. You’ll find lots of hard facts and some political spin and hearsay.

In case you prefer “none of the above,” we’ve included a blank space to add another name. Maybe it’s a community leader, a brilliant teacher, or even an experience councillor who has the requisite chops and experience.

Keep in mind, our polling system only permits one vote per person.

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