In light of Saturday's report that Karen Farbridge authorized use of an attack ad in her campaign, Ward 3 candidate Jason Dodge is distancing himself from that kind of behaviour. He's announced he won't be using Twitter or Facebook until after the election.
Twitter, Facebook and some political blogs have been a source of incredible mean-spiritedness in this campaign. Mud-slinging during elections is expected but these anonymous posts make it much easier to make claims and accusations without having to put your name to it. It's becoming a real problem.
Here's the statement from his webpage:
October 20, 2014
From the moment my campaign launched in January of this year, I have worked diligently to gain the support and respect of the residents in Ward 3. Aside from literature drops and door knocking, I have successfully opened up other lines of communication and engagement such as Twitter, Facebook, and my website (www.JasonDodgeWard3Guelph.com). I am proud to say that I have maintained a very respectful and open campaign that has been accessible to all of Guelph’s citizens.
Unfortunately, the citizen’s of Guelph have been subjected to less positive engagement from other candidates. I have witnessed disheartening tactics such as attack advertisements, threatening phone calls, theft, and numerous lies and allegations via social media sites. With the election one week away, some candidates have increased their efforts at discrediting others by any means necessary.
I do not condone this type of behaviour and I refuse to be a part of their antics.
For that reason, as of today, I will not be engaging in any form of social media until after the election on October 27th.
In the meantime, I encourage everyone to continue contacting me via email (Jason.DodgeWard3@yahoo.ca) or via phone (519-763-5999). I will always respond and I will continue to knock on as many Ward 3 doors as possible throughout the final week. I look forward to engaging in many more positive conversations with the residents of our wonderful city!
Please rest assured that my campaign will continue to run with the honesty and integrity that Guelph truly deserves.
Remember to vote on October 27th.
Your Ward 3 Candidate.