North Etobicoke Reporter
With Toronto’s Oct. 27 municipal election date quickly approaching, and an opinion poll showing Rob Ford as the leading candidate in Ward 2, ward rival Andray Domise remains adamant that nothing in his campaign has changed.
“It’s been the same from the get-go. We’re running against the Ford record here. They’ve been representing the community for the last 14 years,” said Domise, who is currently in second place in the North Etobicoke ward, according to the opinion poll published by the Toronto Star.
The Star poll sampled 474 random voters in the district between Highway 427 and the Humber River the day after the mayor entered the race, says 59 per cent of those surveyed said they intend to vote for Ford. The poll has a 5 per cent margin of error because of the small sample size.
Chris Irwin, professor of Political Science at Humber College, agrees that the Ford brand in the ward is a significant impediment to challengers.
“There was already a Ford name on the ballot and I’m sure that carries a lot of weight in the riding,” said Irwin referring to Michael Ford, Rob Ford’s nephew who dropped out of the Ward 2 race in to run for a Toronto District School Board trustee position. “Rob Ford is a much bigger figure within that riding.
“That’s going to be a serious challenge.”
Domise, in a strange twist of fate, now has experience running against Doug, Michael and Rob Ford in the heart of the Ford family homestead.
“Rob Ford is an international celebrity,” said Domise in response to the Sept. 14 poll.
“It’s not so much that Ford is popular, so much as no one is aware of any alternatives. The work that we have to do is to show that there’s a viable alternative,” he said.
“I’m not running on a platform of not being Rob Ford. I’m running a platform of the community being able to do better than what we’re doing right now.”