Campaign fever hits Monday
By Ian C. Robertson
On Monday, campaign fever is set to make London's mayoral candidates sweat as voters cast their ballots.
"We feel we've had a good campaign so far and hope it will show at the polls," said Mike Mitchell, spokesperson for incumbent mayor Dianne Haskett. Haskett will vote in the afternoon and try to relax over dinner with friends and family before going to the Hellenic Community Centre to watch the results, he said.
When the results are in, regardless if Haskett wins or loses, she will make a speech to Londoners at the old convention hall near City Hall, Mitchell added.
Peter Kleinstiver, campaign manager for acting mayor Grant Hopcroft, said Hopcroft will be out and visible in the community, casting his vote and going to visit different polling stations around London.
Those who are unable to make it to the polls on their own will be assisted by those in Hopcroft's office throughout the day, said Hopcroft campaign volunteer Maurine O'Leary.
Mayoral candidate Antreas Arevian said he will be watching and anticipating the results at home with friends. "If I win I want to go down to the park and celebrate and dance with the people of London," he said.
Jim Montag and Freedom Schell said they have similar plans leading up to the final results but have not planned anything special if they win. "This was a get-to-know-you campaign for me but I think Haskett's going to walk away with it," Schell said.
Joanne Garrett, supervisor of the London elections office, said Western students will be able to vote on Monday in the atrium of the University Community Centre, King's College and Althouse College.
Students on-campus will be voting for mayor, controller and the councilor for their ward. Off-campus students will also have to vote for a school board official if they haven't been acclaimed in their ward, she said.
Students can find out if they are registered by calling city hall and if need be, can register at the polls with a piece of photo identification, Garrett said.