With Election Day looming, the Town’s two mayoral candidates shared their thoughts on their respective campaigns and their mentality as Goldenites get set to decide their fates on Nov. 15.
Keith Hern was the first to file his papers for the mayoral race. He believes he has run a strong campaign, saying that he has received very positive feedback from the voting public.
“I’m quite happy with the response I’m getting. People appreciate my transparency with my positions…I’m really encouraged,” Hern said. “I think it’s going to be a close race so I encourage people to get out to the polls and I just can’t wait to find out if I’ve got the job or not. It’s been the longest interview I’ve ever had.”
Ron Oszust has also been encouraged with what he has heard from citizens of Golden.
“I’m excited and looking forward to Saturday. The response and support from the community has been really amazing and really positive too and for that I’m quite grateful,” he said. “I’m enjoying the fact that the community is getting engaged and getting informed.”
Despite that positivity, each candidate has experienced moments of frustration during the race.
The source for Hern was his experience on social media.
“Facebook is too impersonal and people say things on Facebook that are neither true nor verifiable,” Hern said. “I’ve enjoyed some of the discourse on Facebook but when it gets into mud-slinging, I’m not going to participate.”
In contrast, Oszust enjoyed the discussion on Facebook, but he was frustrated with what he called fear-mongering during the lead up to the election from “a number of candidates.”
“That, in my mind, is somewhat disruptive and counter-productive, but the value of it for me is that people are seeing it for what it is. They are seeing it as a political style,” he said.
Still, for both prospective mayors, the campaign process has been a positive one and all that’s left to be decided now is a winner.
So how are the two councillors feeling about their chances of moving into the mayor’s seat when council reconvenes in December?
“I don’t want to be cocky…we need to get everybody out (to the polls) but I think we stand a pretty good chance,” Hern said.
“I’m super optimistic about the outcome and I’m super optimistic about Golden’s future,” Oszust said.