I get this question a lot while canvassing…”Who else is running?” to which my answer seems vague, non-descriptive and lacking political smear. Seeing how my opponents are handling their candidacy has taught me one thing…being an over-exagerator of past accomplishments, or lack thereof, is how they wish to come across/enhance to you, the voter. Well, seeing how much I know now from neighbours willing to spill the beans on their own friends, seeking your votes, I am willing to speak up about my position.
1- I may not have lived in this city my whole life…as the other two politicize…however I have lived all across Canada, seeing the entire country from a residents perspective, which has brought me a huge advantage to recognizing problem solving, and irrelevant municipal practices (happening currently under your incumbent).
2- I am not asking for your money. Why you ask? because you, my neighbours, shouldn’t have to fund a municipal candidate, and get ZERO tax benefit from your donation. Our city does not offer incentives to residents, which decided my will to fund my own campaign. I will treat your tax dollars the same way…cause people deserve that respect.
3- I am almost 20 years younger then both opponents…and this matters. Why? Because my innovations, social media presence, and willingness to adapt to NEW technology, and communication mediums will be the wave of the future. In 20 years of past leadership, have you been asked anything, on any medium, for opinions, choices or feedback? I will be readily available. One candidate speaks of being the ONLY Candidate to work full time, on your behalf, while the position does not reflect that requirement. I have more then enough time to handle this workload, in full, and am fully backed by my employer who SUPPORTED my willingness to enter the election, and gained permission from the PSC.
4- Much of our ward has children in school, and as much as the other two candidates ( both have grown children) wish to proclaim they will be there for your young family, I am the ONLY one who LIVES the school curriculum for “4” kids. My continued volunteer experience with the schools, and community children, makes me fully aware of issues with SCDSB, and other regulatory bodies.
5- One of the other candidates proclaims a successful entrepreneurial experience, moving into management and other positions. I am CURRENTLY an entrepreneur, running a family business with my spouse, and growing. My career has made me willing to endeavour to new heights, business development and strive for new accomplishments. My financial background is without disrepute…but ask some close questions to one candidate...you may find thats not the case for all three. Who would you rather have protect your tax dollars?
6- Its very easy to proclaim your accomplishments in office, when an ENTIRE council makes decisions, and the legwork was done by city officials. Not once was city departments credited with their diligence and work…so much for respect to your city colleagues.
Some may find this post a bit challenging in style, however, with only 3+ weeks to go, and the interest of our ward in mind, I believe this commentary is needed. Please be investigatory in your candidates, as we NEED CHANGE, and I have NOTHING to hide.