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Waiting for candidates
I've been listening out of the corner of one eye this morning to the city's election website, this being the first day that candidates can bring in their nomination papers.
Such suspense, such excitement.
Alas, no names posted yet....I feel my life is empty.
I've heard of only one city incumbent trustee who's thinking about retiring. I'm aware of three who've announced plans to run for city council, and I read in our paper recently that another has a provincial nomination for next fall.
But until the names are there, right up to 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday, it's all so agonizingly uncertain.
I've been surprised at the lack of potential candidates calling me and trying to get their names in the paper. Remember, people, it's all about me.
OK, there was one guy who was pitching a story, and I heard that he was thinking of running, but I didn't think the issue was worth a story. He then went to an editor and said I was ignoring the story, but he still didn't get his name published.
Let me hit refresh again.
Pause to build suspense.
Dang! Still no names! Double dang!
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About Nick Martin
Nick Martin is the old bearded guy at the back of the newsroom, the most experienced reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press, having started his career in Ontario in 1971.
He’s been covering education for the Free Press since the spring of 1997, after decades primarily covering municipal politics, including a four-year stint at the Ontario legislature for the London Free Press.
Nick moved to Manitoba in 1988 with his Winnipeg-born wife, who is a professor at the University of Manitoba. They have two kids, both of whom graduated from Grant Park High School: son Chris and daughter Gillian.
Nick has won a national journalism award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, two Manitoba Human Rights Journalism awards, and the Ontario Reporters Association investigative award.
Nick is a long-distance runner, having finished and survived 18 marathons and 15 half-marathons and 30-kilometre races, and having (barely) survived 10 years as an outdoor and indoor soccer coach.
Nick became a soccer referee in 2007, delighting in his 60s in outrunning 16-year-olds and keeping his distance from obstreperous coaches and parents.
Nick and his wife have discovered a mutual love for kayaking at their Whiteshell cottage, and are both regulars at the Reh-Fit Centre. They hold season tickets to both the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the Warehouse, and as empty nesters, have rediscovered the joys of an active winter vacation.
A native of Jarrow-on-Tyne, England, Nick is a member of the Toon Army as a Newcastle United supporter, and a proud citizen of Leafs Nation.
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