McGarry To Enter Race for Mayor

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Former MPP Brings Experience, Consultative Style and New Vision to City

Cambridge – Today, Kathryn McGarry, who previously served as Cambridge MPP and a provincial Cabinet Minister, formally entered the race to be Mayor of Cambridge. Below is a statement from the candidate:

“Over the last few weeks while attending events in the community, talking to business owners and neighbours, I’m being approached time and time again about helping our community to face the challenges ahead of us.

In fact, it is this encouragement, and my love for our community that has prompted me to step up and announce that I will be running for Mayor of Cambridge in this fall’s municipal election.

We live in a great city, but one that struggles with some very serious issues that need to be fixed. We need to address these issues while embracing opportunities that will see us create jobs and attract new investments to our community. That is how we continue to make a bright future for Cambridge – one that builds a Cambridge we can all work, live and raise a family in.

I’ve heard people are ready for change, for a different style of leadership that better reflects the modern city that Cambridge has become.

Our city needs a Mayor who understands these challenges but listens to the community and embraces solutions with confidence, a positive attitude, and understands how to work with other levels of government to get things done.

They want a mayor who has experience building and managing a strong team to protect and enhance the security and quality of life in our community. They want someone who will do this with a confident, responsive style of leadership that is focused on solutions – not just talk.

I know my experienced leadership, management skills, work ethic, and my proven ability to work to build consensus with people in and outside our community and across party lines are much needed.

I honed these skills while serving as a nurse at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and in our community, as President of Heritage Cambridge, as a Member of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, as a longtime volunteer, as MPP for Cambridge and as a provincial Cabinet Minister and I am told these skills would be exactly what Cambridge needs.

I was honoured to serve the people of Cambridge as their Member of Provincial Parliament.

I got into nursing and into public life, to help people. That has been, and will always be, my focus.

I look forward to outlining my vision for Cambridge in the weeks ahead –
and I look forward to serving the people of Cambridge as their Mayor.”

Media Contact:

Kathryn McGarry

(519) 716-2557



40 Responses to McGarry To Enter Race for Mayor

  1. Debbie Duff Vitez July 18, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    For the first time in many many years I have hope..

    Maggie July 18, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    We are with you Deb – time to clean house. Time for change. Time to get rid of the staleness of too many terms in office. Should not be allowed. Too long – too wrong!
    Oct. 22nd – here we come!! And “yes” Cambridge sure is overdue for a change!

    Interested Voter July 19, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Finally…this election does give us some hope..Hope that she kicks Craig’s Ass from here to the Moon and back!!
    A B C Anyone But Craig!! Vote Him Out!! Drain the Swamp!!
    Get rid of the Councillors that Vote because Staff Recommends It!!
    I like the fact that she states that she has heard people are ready for change!! Oh yes we sure are Kathryn.. Yes and a different style of leadership..not the dictatorship that we feel we have now!! We need a Mayor that will listen and will be empathic..after all when we vote for a Mayor or any one in office we expect that they will put our interests first and truly listen to what we have to say before they decide on what to do.
    Hopefully Kathryn will have the common sense to go back to Ballot Only and not this Online Voting where things can be Hacked and Fixed and we never know it..Oh wait a minute..Putin would never want to ‘hack’ our elections as one Councillor was to have said in a Council Meeting…
    Let’s have some common sense governance in the City of Cambridge this time around

    Gladys Smith July 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    She had better rent or buy something in Cambridge as you have to live here or own Property to run in Cambridge, or he will get her on that issue.

    Hopeful July 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Gladys – Kathryn rents property in Cambridge – therefore she does qualify. So she is all set. And do we need change & some vision. Lets all vote for change in Cambridge. Craig is old & stale & too one-sided in his spending.
    Who needed a Bridge to no-where – there were already 2 there & then the cost of lighting & cameras – oh boy – the list just goes on.
    Gladys – we need jobs in Cambridge – a go-train to get the people building/buying here out to work. You can’t keep adding to the 401. Get cars off the hwy. – you could run a go-train down the middle of the 401 – the idea is there – we just need someone with vision to put it into action. Craig has dragged his feet on the multiplex – taxpayers want it Central Cambridge – he promised Tibbets a piece of the pie. No no no…… So lets give Kathryn a chance for change – we sure need it.

    Hopeful July 20, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Vincent – dad Randy say why he is running for Mayor? He has no local or otherwise political experience. Did you ask him? It would be interesting to know his reason for running for Mayor with no experience at all.
    Just wondering being as you met with him.

    Tom Vann July 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    It’s been a while since I have been on this site due to numerous dealings. As for McGarry, she has my support and vote. She is our best chance for a better city. Being involved with numerous elections she knows the way. As for the other fellow running, he might be a great guy but being this is his 1st shot in politics the odds are highly stacked against him for this position and draw votes in Doug’s favor. Look for at least 1 more to run here. Have I always agreed with McGarry? No, but I respect her. I listened to some bad info on her in the past and told her that personally with an apology. Being involved with numerous groups I have been asked about her bid for mayor. If you want Cambridge a better city vote for her I tell them. If she doesn’t win you can bet on some 2010 behind the scene scam happening. I think we have to toss Doug and I am going to help do this every way I can. Soon I hope to join her election team to assist in her bid to become our new mayor. Draining the swamp is my mission. In 2010 a bad mistake was made boning me. Sending the cops to my door twice was also stupid. Time to collect. Being retired will give me lots of time to work the election night shift. Here comes Superwoman! Move over Superman.

  8. Debbie Duff Vitez July 23, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Great comments Tommy.. I am also going to offer my help in anyway possible.. WE NEED CRAIG OUT.

    Alan Marshall July 23, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Right about now I expect a ton of people are so desperate to get Craig out that they’d vote for Donald Trump if he was eligible. My offer still stands. We’ll trade you our mayor up here in Elmira for one term in exchange for yours. It would be like arthritis. Your old pain would stop in favour of a new one.

    Jimmy July 23, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Yo! We got a group talking down da man in the house. Spread da news. Craige bad deals and SiS house coming his way. Da rats will run him out. Walls will be painted wit dirt. Humpty Dumpty won’t make it out.

    TJT July 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

    A B C. Anyone But Craig. Vote him out. Drain the swamp.
    Looks like this is going to be an interesting race. Already Mayor Craig is trying to undermine Kathryn.
    Come on now. Kathryn was in Provincial Government I am sure she knows a thing or two
    Seems really funny when she was the MPP for. Cambridge Craig spoke highly of her and now it’s a different story
    I guess just because she is posing a threat the only way Craig can fight is to fight dirty
    Well that tells me a lot about Mr. Craig

    A B C. Anyone But Craig

    Wondering July 25, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Like that – ABC – for sure.
    And yes they were huggy huggy when she was an MPP – but watch the dirty works from Craig – maybe just a bit nervous, unless he has the Internet voting machine fixed already. Hopefully McGarry will understand how this all works and be smart about it.
    I just wish Carter would settle for a Councillor spot – he has never been in politics & all he is going to do is split votes. Hope he realizes this soon.
    And although Reid said only 2 terms – she is running again – but of course, she has to so she can be beside Craig in all the photo shots (after he loses that is) Quite obvious!!
    ABC – we are ready to fight for a change. Needed it 4 years ago but was fixed!!

    Tom Vann July 25, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I keep hearing about dirty Doug. Look for Doug to call in all favors. If things look bad in the polls he can call the IT guys. Kathryn is being painted Liberal ingrained. One must realize including the Times that she like nearly all others would get nothing if she didn’t support Wynne and her policy. Independently Kathryn is smart enough to put out a solid stance on important issues. She is head and shoulders over Doug as mayor. Let the race begin.

    Tom Vann July 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    As I was saying….all favors. I like Ben but he knows he will finish 3rd and the last minute entry sure looks fishy. This changes little in my view. Watch the backlash. Kathryn is a quality person in my books and will get everything I have.

    Maggie July 29, 2018 at 10:38 am

    You said it Tom – fishy for sure. Why last minute or always the plan. Working with Craig for more split votes??
    McGarry will have her sign on our lawn. And Cliff for Ward 1.
    People must vote only paper ballots or their vote will be re-directed by guess who – like the last election.
    Not one person I know voted for Craig – so I am puzzled how he gets in – ????
    ABC – let the fight begin.
    I would vote for Mike Devine also – he got railroaded by his own council – that was a disgusting scene – not Mike but by Donna & others. Ridiculous.
    Vote wisely Oct. 22 & only by paper ballots.

  16. Debbie Duff Vitez July 29, 2018 at 6:44 pm


    Maggie July 31, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Wow – proves a point re Tucci not emailing – only phone. Of course – no proof. So the fun begins. Yes – too many running for Mayor – another split vote. Wish Randy & Tucker would pull out. Isn’t this ridiculous – Tucci in – works in T.O. – is he retiring or just doing the split vote for Doug – hmmmmmm?
    Sure hope the people get out & vote & outnumber Doug’s groupies. Guess he has lots of favours to collect on. Sure hope not enough this time. But then again can fix the online voting again.
    And voters in Frank Monteiro’s ward should remember what he said “split tails” – disgusting – if anyone votes for him – need head read!! Connie Cody is the one.
    ABC – 2018.

    Gladys Smith July 31, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Bottom line here is the three Leading Candidates are all Liberals, No different than each other, all are Big Spenders, Ben and Doug were pretty tight, holding hands all the time, Kathryn M and Ben T both do not live in Cambridge, both looking for the opportunity to become Mayor, one is no different than the other, with either one of them at the helm the City will be no different, sad sad sad what Cambridge has to put up with.

    Aware August 1, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Yes been fed up for years – probably 18 of them. All Craig is doing is building homes & more homes with nothing for the people in our downtowns. Sorry but Galt is the sickest of the 3 – Hespeler I think has improved – because we have some good people working on that. Preston has the busiest park & nice wide street.
    Agree – all the empty buildings need to be put into use & if Craig & the City Planner would refuse to allow any more huge empty new buildings – until all the old unused buildings were put to good productive use. Empty unused – run down buildings make a city look like a dump & Galt is that all over – empty rundown old buildings.
    Clean up what we have before more is added – if you look at all the new fancy office buildings – they are very empty.
    Re – crime – well when did you see your last Policeman or car on the streets?? If you go into the office – there are lots in there?? Do we not need them out & about. Every time new ones are hired – they say to put more on the street – it never happens. The police could make their wages on our street from speeding, but we have not seen a cop here for years. The system is very bad. Then we have all the homeless in Galt – bused in – taxied in – etc. – then we get to keep them & support them. Yes it is not the good place it was before Craig.
    ABC – Oct. 22/18 – paper ballot only or will be re-directed.
    Ben Tucci snuck in too late to suit me – why?? Looks very suspicious to us.
    Yes Randy is a sweetheart but just no experience. He should back out for one less split in the votes. Tell him to start somewhere else & work his way up. His intentions are honourable.

    Aware August 2, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    You bet – you got that right – Kathryn. And Cliff for Ward 1 – Donna has to go. She & Craig are too brain dead. Monteiro (remember) split tails – has to go!!
    We never go downtown Galt – what for?? To see a Bridge we did not need – a mausoleum as in Post Office – that only a few Galt people will get the benefit of. And the Cambridge sign that only the City Hall staff get to see – well maybe as they likely enter the back door. The center of Cambridge is Hespeler Road – where the Sports complex should go. Let the Ice Pad build the rinks – at their expense & run it – they know how & build the Swim at the Flea Market –
    that building has to go – it would if downtown Galt – or at the Gas Light district. It is all just so stupid – the Mayor has lost signt of what is good for Cambridge & he & Donna sure aren’t.
    No never go downtown Galt – feel sorry for the stores – but is a sad area & will be worse when & if they build the ISIS site – we do not need it – a bad scene. Read the article in the Times from the man from B.C. – see the news – they are in trouble. Why can’t our useless Mayor see the signs. The Cambridge sign should have been mounted where the Fountain is on Hespeler Rd. – that is central.
    ABC – but hopefully Kathryn. forget she was a Liberal – think Cambridge future!

    Gladys Smith August 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds like he has a Great Big Ego, I do not think he has ever voted anything down that Duggie wanted…..

    Sarah Allan August 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I can’t wait to get rid of Pam and her mayor.

    Maggie August 4, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Wow – Sarah – we can’t wait to get rid of Donna & her Mayor.

    Do you think this can be done with on-line voting?? Can be fixed.

    We would prefer paper ballots & lots of Scrutineers to monitor the votes & see where they are taken to after – to City Hall or to someone’s basement?????
    For City Staff to count or for proper counters??

    We are all wishing for an honest vote & count this time. Enough!! ABC!

    Rich Adshade August 5, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I’m voting for Tracy here in Preston. Mann has done little and won’t return calls. Voted with the mayor the vast majority of the time.

    Preston August 5, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Good for you Rich – you have Mann figured out. A “yes” man – is Mann. Also he & Monteiro involved in that Police suit – Monteiro for filthy language & Mann for no back bone in protecting re female officers.
    So Tracey is the person for sure. Offer your lawn for his sign.
    And ABC (Anyone But Craig) – he just pushed the Dam through to get Preston votes – the Dam isn’t built yet – so be smart – and where is our Sports Complex??

    Alan Marshall August 6, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Regarding candidates for either mayor or councillor how many of them stepped up either as elected officials or as citizens regarding the Bishop St. contamination and assault upon citizens? I know Tracy Hipel worked hard to get the treatment sheds moved out of citizens backyards and he has also pushed the authorities hard to get reduced assessments and taxes on homes in the area due to TCE issues. If you expect representation then elect those who have a track record of working for you before they’ve gotten elected.

    Sarah Allan August 7, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    So what is Ben’s plan? Vote splitting Shawn. Anyone that enters at the last minute never really was intending on running till they got the nudge. Then we have wards set up with people. As long as Pam is gone I will be happy. Her DUI was a mess to justice. We have children to worry about in this ward being hit by a wine bottle woman. No shame. It’s time for a woman mayor with direction and McGarry is the one for Cambridge.

    Ronald Tobin August 8, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Of all the people to run for mayor Tucci. Gone for 4 years and wants to help Craig. Everyone knows the plan.
    Glad to see that Vincent guy is gone from this site. What a loser.

    Jeff C. August 9, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Ronald. That was a fake name. It registers to an accountant. A Ben-Craig plant. I contacted the accounting firm about this guy using this name.

    Curious August 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Very interesting!! And what did the Accounting Firm have to say about this fake person.???
    It does seem that poor Craig has to win by being dishonest in his dealing. Really – how sad. I would want to know that I won honestly, otherwise everything Craig has done is a big fat lie.
    Therefore, we must get the citizens out to vote for anyone but Craig – but we think McGarry – she has political background – don’t hold the Liberals against her – we are still stuck with Trudeau – yikes.
    So vote McGarry – get rid of Craig – Ben & Vincent – ABC

    Jeff C. August 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    I was told he has no political attachments and sent them a letter he wrote in the paper. They were not impressed. This is not him. No need to call again.

    Phil Hadden August 20, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    l nearly fell over to hear Tucci running the last minute. If this doesn’t reek of a split voting favor l will eat my shorts. Let him have his 35 votes and never come back.

    Maggie August 21, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Well said Phil – you have it all figured out – this is exactly what it is all about. Last minute my eye – was planned – yup – Craig looking for another split vote. Guess the only way he can get in is to buy votes – right.
    We hope that the rest of Cambridge is on to this plot!
    ABC –
    Vote – but vote paper ballots. Avoid internet which can be re-directed!!
    Vote at early poll as you never know if yours will be closed/eliminated/wrong address on card – it has happened in past elections – hmmm – wonder why…….??

    Tom Vann August 22, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    This is always mentioned when people speak about Cambridge out and about. I really am impressed at how people have seen through this. It’s time for another lady mayor. I really believe Mrs. McGarry can unite our city, region and people. Only wonder Phil; why Ben a veteran council member, would wait till the last day to enter this race? It does smell and Ben knows better. I feel the mayor was desperate because he is up against a quality person in McGarry and people trust her. Lots of time to stir the pot. I see Doug pulling out of the election.

    Harold P September 1, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    It sure is hard to fool people in Hespeler. We smell a dirty rat in this race. Was having a couple pints at the Legion and Tucci and Craig were mentioned. Craig gutted our community and Tucci isn’t welcome. More than a few doors will get slammed in his face.

    Maggie September 1, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Harold – you are a clever lad. Tucci is just a vote split. Put there by Craig – buddies!! So we sure hope that more than the clever wise people of Hespeler can smell this rat. You bet the big rat set up the small rat to make the numbers less for the real person that should win.
    ABC – but we put our money on McGarry. She knows exactly all that is going on in Cambridge – knows the game playing – knows about the crooked last 2 elections and the shut down polls & internet fixing. Don’t hold it against her she was a Liberal – look forward to what will be good for Cambridge. We must clean house & start fresh. WARD 1 – CLIFF WARD 2 – MIKE – Good guys.
    VOTE – but vote at the advanced poll & paper ballots. Be sure as you never know what polls will be removed – wrong addresses such as in former elections.

    Harold P September 2, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks Maggie. I work for the city and we know what’s going on. Devine is good and Reid has to go. l do live in Hespeler but this isn’t my name. l’m sure you know why. Many will vote early l hear but Craig has to go and we know about Tucci from years ago.

    ATaxpayer September 9, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Well I understand signs are going up & some are being damaged & stolen. They are Kathryn’s signs – so that only tells me that Craig is frightened. And well he should be as what a mess he has made of Cambridge. High taxes & nothing to show for it – a mausoleum made of the old post office – and the Bridge to Nowhere & now lights & cameras need to go on it – more wasted money – and the cost for the fancy lighting – 1 1/2 M. for the P.O. – really – what a total waste. And of course the Cambridge sign in the wrong place – oh dear – we definitely need a new mayor – people on drugs – downtown is a mess – low income have no place to live & there sits the big bldg. in Preston – use it or lose it!
    ABC – McGarry for Mayor. Hopefully some of her signs will survive – depends how many people are being paid to tear them down – yep the Mayor is frightened.
    ABC – VOTE early polls & only on paper ballots. Internet can be fixed – it is happening everyday – just read the paper or watch the news. Our Mayor did not want paper ballots – gee don’t you wonder why – pretty plain isn’t it…….
    ABC – McGarry for Mayor. Need new honest fresh ideas to revive Cambridge.

    Employee September 12, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    It looks like Craig is even more nervous – there will be an article in the Times on Thurs. more or less eliminating all Mayor candidates but Craig – really. I wonder how much he was paid to write that. Yup – Craig is frightened – especially if the City employees don’t even like him & want him out of his tower with his monkey suit. Craig might live in the town that he is wasting tax dollars in but McGarry will honour Taxpayers money. Look at our tax rate – highest in the area. Well-done – no Craig I don’t think so. Time to go – get a life somewhere else!!
    ABC – McGarry’s heart is in Cambridge – that’s what we need!!

    Gotcaught September 14, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Yes employee – Craig is nervous – just got info that he imposed another person in place of McGarry on a photo shot at the Bridge to Nowhere & used in his Campaign shoot. So if you have to remove a person then it tells me that Craig is scared of that person whom we know is the right person to replace Craig.
    Time to go Craig – if you are up to dishonest stuff like this – we do not need you. At least on this one you got caught – we just don’t know how many others there are that we don’t know about.
    ABC – time for change – vote paper ballots only & for K. McGarry. But vote.

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