Municipal elections in Waterloo Region will be held on October 27. With half a year to go until ballots are cast, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo has reached out to every mayoral candidate in the region who has officially filed to run.
Each candidate has answered the same five questions, and their replies will be reproduced. Today we speak to Linda Whetham, who is running for mayor of Cambridge.
1. What's the most important issue in your city for the next council term?
I would think that the most important issue in the City of Cambridge is to maintain our infrastructure: roads, sewers, water, etc, to implement a GO train from Cambridge to Milton, while keeping an eye on every public penny that is spent.
2. Voter turnout is notoriously low, especially in municipal politics. How will you engage voters?
I will connect with people door to door, face to face. I want people to know me and to know what I am all about, I want the people to feel that I will represent them in an honest, effective manner and for them to feel that their vote will count.
3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?
I would think that my greatest weakness would be my greatest strength and that would be my family. I, like most people, only want the best for my children and grandchildren.
4. Who is your political role model, and why?
There have been many political role models that I admire, but the one that stands out for me is Jane Brewer, former Mayor and Regional Councillor, who I found worked so hard for the people of Cambridge and always showed such respect, honesty and kindness to the people.
5. 40 years from now, how do you picture your municipality?
I would hope that my children, grandchildren and yours will be living in an environment that is healthy and safe, with good infrastructure and facilities that they can enjoy. I would hope they have enough parks and recreation and seniors centres in place for all to enjoy .