Political science professor says this year’s election is hard to predict

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A University of Windsor political science professor believes the municipal election is hard to predict.

Lydia Miljan says this is due to the lack of reliable polling data in a municipal race.

She says it feels like a different kind of campaign, especially in Windsor.

“Dilkens has been around for a while and has had a lot of criticism, but I think it has a serious challenger in Chris Holt, so it’s definitely a campaign to watch and I wouldn’t predict a result for that at this point.”

Miljan says towns like Kingsville and Essex will be interesting to watch.

“Kingsville is particularly interesting because for the first time in about 20 years you have an open mayoral seat. It’s been quite a hot race as it is in Essex, so these are interesting municipalities to watch on election night.”

Miljan says municipal elections generally don’t get the same turnout as federal or provincial elections.

She says there could be some voter fatigue.

“Municipal races aren’t always as easy to follow as higher orders of government because you don’t have the party system, you don’t have that kind of organization, the same kind of ad buys. people don’t seem to be as engaged even though the government is closest to the people.”

The municipal election will take place on Monday, October 24.

Miljan will join Patty Handysides and outgoing Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo after the polls close at 8 p.m. for AM800’s Windsor-Essex Votes special.

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