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Do not go gentle, Lil
I know everyone is shaking their heads at the moderately preposterous idea of Lillian Thomas running for mayor. She’s been a councillor for two decades and she holds her seat easily but she’s best known for being marginal and screechy.
She might represent her ward fairly well, but she doesn’t have any new policy ideas, doesn’t do any smart politicking to get stuff done and she’s not nearly as effective as Jenny Gerbasi or Dan Vandal in opposition. Serving on every council subcommittee doesn’t qualify you to be mayor.
Instead of retiring quietly, though, she’s decided to do a little raving and burning at the close of day.
And why not?
No one else is stepping up to give Sam, his healthy approval ratings and his lethargic approach to governing a run for their money.
The left was supposed to rustle up a good candidate - rumour was maybe Judy W-L might run – but that hasn’t materialized and it’s almost too late to bother.
There is all this low-level grumbling on both sides of the spectrum about the listlessness at city hall, but no one is willing to put their name on the ballot.
Except Lillian. For that alone, she deserves some respect.
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About Mary Agnes Welch
Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first as a general assignment reporter and then covering city hall and the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter.
Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.
Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school, has won several Western Ontario Newspaper Awards and has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists.
She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.
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