Rainer Bloess Endorses Tim Tierney
Last night marks a major departure in the normal course of politics in this municipal election – at least at the councillor level. In an odd twist of events, Rainer Bloess the sitting councillor in Innes Ward (Ward 2) came out publically to endorse challenger Tim Tierney running in the neighbouring ward of Beacon Hill-Cyrville (Ward 11).
It’s not important the exact words that Bloess said but suffice to say that he strongly believes that the residents of Beacon Hill – Cyrville are not being served well by its current councillor, Michel Bellemare, and that change will be an improvement for the ward and for improved contribution around the city council table.
There is an unwritten rule that councillors stay out of each other’s ward, but last night, Bloess blew that rule and went on to suggest to Tierney supporters to get out and vote for a new councillor and to get as many of their neighbours to do the same.
This endorsement is a huge one for Tierney who hopes this will push his campaign over the top and defeat an incumbent, a rarity in Ontario municipal politics.