'I believe in Saint John'
Dave MacLean - Telegraph-Journal
Thursday May 8th, 2008
SAINT JOHN - Michelle Hooton says that as a business owner for three decades, she would bring ‘a common-sense business approach to the job of mayor.
Most businesses in the historic Saint John City Market haven't yet opened for the day when Michelle Hooton and several members of her campaign team arrive for a regular breakfast get-together at the popular eatery Slocum and Ferris.
It's the start of another busy day in Hooton's campaign to become the city's mayor. The first-term deputy mayor is wearing running shoes and she'll need them for a day that will include taking part in a neighbourhood cleanup campaign, handing out seedlings to city residents to mark Earth Week, a late-afternoon meeting of campaign advisers and attending a fundraising dinner.
Port City voters don't have a gender bias - two of the last four mayors have been women - but Hooton will have to overcome a crowded field that includes three other members of the outgoing council - councillors John Ferguson and Ivan Court and incumbent Mayor Norm McFarlane - and newcomer Michael Richardson.
I tells ya - I'd go down and vote for the first (wo)man who said they even try to disrupt the unfettered offshoring of Canadian 'wealth' and offloading of societal integrity.
- Dan F.