Election Day is a unique day for our newsroom. Our whole team works together to cover the races in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, the Townships as well as the Regional Chair. Photographers and reporters are assigned to specific locations and work with editors at the desk to make sure the next day's paper has comprehensive coverage of our region. Here's an idea of how our photo staff spent the day.
Christine Tarling, Director of Legislative Services and City Clerk, left, and Colin Goodeve, Manager of Council and Committee Services and Deputy City Clerk, insert memory cards into an electronic tabulator as they arrive at Kitchener City Hall from the various polls. They were set up inside the council chambers which was open to the public to view the tabulation process and watch the results be displayed on a large screen. Tarling and Goodeve were supported by several members of the IT department.
New Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic arrives at McCabe's to applause from his supporters.
Berry thanks his supporters.
above photos by Peter Lee
Covering a candidate in an election race that is heavily favoured has its challenges. Often there is not the same excitement say there might have been when that candidate was first elected. On Monday I covered Mayor Doug Craig's bid for re-election in Cambridge and it was one of those scenarios. It was never in doubt and I wondered what kind of celebration shot I would get as the numbers pointed to a Craig landslide. I was pleasantly surprised. There were encounters with a dog supporter, a touching moment between the Mayor and his proud wife and a greeting of celebrating staff who cheered as he entered council chambers.
above photos by David Bebee
I started off my day finding feature photos of people voting at polling stations.
Mathilda Lafleur, 18, votes for the first time at a polling station at the Waterloo Public Library in Waterloo on October 27, 2014.
Stacey Ferris leaves a polling booth to cast her ballot at the Adult Recreation Centre in Waterloo on October 27, 2014.
Louise Grisdale leaves the polling station at the Adult Recreation Centre in Waterloo on October 27, 2014.
After that, the plan was to head over to the campaign offices of the two front-runners. We had a pretty good idea of who would win the Waterloo race, but it's always good to have a photo of both candidates ready just in case.
I found out when Dave Jaworsky would be visiting his campaign office and came by then.
Waterloo mayoral candidate Dave Jaworsky, left, shares a laugh with volunteer Vic Malta at his campaign office in Waterloo on October 27, 2014.
And found a feature photo too...
Annie Constantinescu, who was part of the social media team, makes calls at the Dave Jaworsky campaign headquarters, earlier in the day, in Waterloo on October 27, 2014.
In municipal elections in smaller cities, not all candidates have a campaign office. I needed a photo of Dave MacDonald and called him to see where he would be on election day. I got the chance to photograph him as he voted.
Waterloo Mayoral candidate Dave MacDonald talks to volunteer Bill Kerr right before voting at a polling station at the Adult Recreation Centre in Waterloo on October 27, 2014.
After filing those photos, the newsroom had a final meeting to look at how the paper would be laid out for the next day and to know our respective deadlines.
I then went to the campaign party of front-runner Dave Jaworsky at the Waterloo Inn, who ended up winning the race.
Near the end of the night, the outgoing mayor came by to wish her congratulations too.
Mayor-elect of Waterloo Dave Jaworsky gets congratulated by outgoing mayor Brenda Halloran, left, at his victory party at the Waterloo Inn on October 27, 2014.
Top: Ken Seiling and his wife, Kathryn, walk up to council chambers with family after learning he retained the Regional Chair position. Second Row from left: Jay Aissa hugs a supporter at his campaign headquarters in Kitchener. Kathryn and Ken Seiling leave his office after winning the Regional Chair. Bottom: Jay Aissa offers his congratulations at Ken Seiling's victory party in Waterloo.