Our panel remembers Peter Adams, then analyzes the municipal election campaign from 3 standpoints: campaign team strategies, the mayoral race, and the ward races. Key insights: This campaign is unlike anything the city has seen in the recent past. The mayor’s race offers a stark decision and the outcome is too close to call. Otonabee Ward offers the tightest race of all. A safe prediction: The next council will inevitably be placed in a very unenviable position as the purveyor of bad news due to severe budget cuts mandated by Queen’s Park and Ottawa.