Election Notebook: Political Hat-Trick, The Sport Of Politics And More

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Some of the local events on Election Day:

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Nicholas Wendler completed a hat-trick in his political career on Thursday when he represented the Greens in a third race.

Wendler was the Green Party candidate in the Essex riding for the 2022 provincial election.

In the past he has represented Kitchener-Centre (2015) and Huron Bruce (2019) in federal election campaigns.

“I was asked if I would vote in Essex to give people the opportunity to vote green in this election, but I did not campaign actively,” said Wendler, who lives in Goderich.

Wendler said he stepped into the breech when another candidate dropped out of the race at the last moment.

“The party wanted to try to get a full list,” he said. “I thought it was important for the Greens to have a name on the ballot to give people an opportunity. We are a strong voice for the environment.”

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Much like any competitive professional in business or sport, Windsor West NDP candidate Lisa Gretzky said politicians like to set targets in election campaigns.

“This time we decided to put more signs on the lawns,” Gretzky said. “We’ve outperformed every campaign I’ve ever had.

“Identifying supporters and those sitting on the fence was also a goal. We exceeded our targets there too.

“Every campaign sets some goals.”

Gretzky said the most difficult goal her campaign manager, Farah El-Hajj, keeps setting is the number of kilometers she walks each day.

“I’m a bit sore; My hips get slapped,” Gretzky joked.


Andrew Dowie has been a Tecumseh councilman since 2014, but broke new ground when he accepted the challenge of running in his first-ever provincial election campaign.

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What has unfolded in recent weeks has made him a serious threat as a PC candidate to capture the Windsor-Tecumseh ride, which has been steered by outgoing NDP MPP Percy Hatfield and former Liberal MPP Dwight Duncan since 2013 1999 is held when the riding was first created.

“I had the time of my life,” Dowie said. “It was a phenomenal experience.

“I didn’t know what to expect but every day I meet new people who tell me they support me in this choice. I will never forget the amount of support I was shown. It was a thoroughly positive experience participating in this campaign.”


When voters in Windsor and Essex County made their voting decisions, there were a variety of other candidates alongside those of the three largest major parties, some of whom were listed as independent.

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Although the lesser-known hopefuls usually have fewer chances of winning, Laura Chesnik, an independent contestant in the Windsor-Tecumseh riding, said “being independent is never a waste.”

“We teach children in school that it is very important to find your own way in life and that when something is wrong – even if you are the only one at first – it is not only right, but that it is what humans have always done history.”

Chesnik also ran in the last provincial election in 2018 as an independent candidate in the same race.

“The point is that independents have a very important role to play in opening a new way forward where there seems to be no alternative,” she said.

“I am an independent candidate but my campaign is partisan with working people in Windsor-Tecumseh. My campaign makes it clear that we as workers are very capable of speaking for ourselves.”


Elections Ontario reported some election problems Thursday.

A statement issued by the media relations team on the morning of Election Day mentioned some concerns.

“We monitor all polling stations to ensure they open on time,” the statement said. “We continue to process voters in all open elections.

“There have been some last-minute polling location changes, so we encourage voters to enter their zip code into the voter information service on, check the Elections Ontario app, or call 1 888-668-8683 before leaving you to the elections.”


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