Voting today? You have until October 22nd.
Katia Maxwell has my vote. Throughout the campaign she has continued to impress me with her thoughtful responses and her ability to go beyond hearing the questions posed to hearing the individual.
Many have asked why I decided not to run in this election. This term has been challenging with many major projects but my greatest concern has been with how we engage with our community . In my first term, I don't remember anyone ever being on an agenda with a request to speak to Council who wasn't welcomed. It happened several times this term.
In my view, communication is best when we hear the same message. Welcoming citizens to present helps Council, staff and citizens (in attendance or watching from home) to understand different perspectives and make sense of how decisions unfold.
To change this dynamic, we need to elect individuals who understand the role is of a public servant.
We need knowledgeable, community-focused, open-minded people of character who will represent the constituents and work to make sure City Hall is a place for the people.
Katia Maxwell's insightful questions, welcoming demeanour and commitment to transparency are among many reasons she has my vote.
P.S. You don't have to vote for 10. I am planning to vote for a quorum of new voices at Council.