THE SCORE CARD:
Stuck to his populist message of listening to ratepayers and cutting ‘‘frivolous spending’’. Cautioned against too much infill housing.
A natural showman who lacks the insight to know when to take his final bow. Strip away his turgid prose and you’ll find little substance in his answers.
Delivered an aspirational vision for Hamilton focused on inclusion. At her best when talking about youth, quality housing and the environment.
Measured and confident performance, certainly did enough to please his support base. Presents as a man of action, with strong business nous.
Conservative but credible speaker, grew in confidence as the evening went on. Wants to make Hamilton a destination and lift attendance at Claudelands Events Centre.
Went on the attack throughout the evening, espousing the need for change. Promised to tear up King’s budget if elected mayor. Difficult to see the pair working together.
Pushed themes of collaboration and partnership but showed a tendency to indulge in council speak. Eloquent if somewhat scripted speaker.
Direct if somewhat dull speaker, unapologetic about his desire to pull back council spending. Failed to stand out in a bloated mayoral candidates field.