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The Bennett re-election calculation: Several Peterborough factors at play

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Within the next two weeks, Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett will announce his intentions for re-election. In recent days, many have speculated from a distance about the likelihood of his running again, much of which has been driven by his waiting until the last minute to make his announcement. Here is my take on the political calculation that will influence his re-election decision.

First, as an incumbent, Mayor Bennett is wise to delay the announcement of his decision until a few days prior to this year's legislated deadline of July 27, 2018 – a tactic he followed in his successful re-election campaign in 2014. As a challenger to an incumbent in 2010, he did the opposite, declaring early, which was necessary to build name recognition, create momentum and sell his platform. This time out, the delay has the salutary effect of inhibiting others from preparing for or entering the race –........

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