Municipal elections in Waterloo Region will be held on October 27. 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 Slavko Miladinovic, who is running for mayor of Kitchener.

To see the other mayoral candidates click here: 

1. What's the most important issue in your city for the next council term?

Increasing revenue without increased taxation for services needed; first responders, Kitchener Housing, under serviced or lack of community centres (or equipment) and web cam monitoring for efficient by-law enforcement, which would also aid any police services and deter some wrongdoings.

2. Voter turnout is notoriously low, especially in municipal politics. How will you engage voters?  

My campaign budget was the $200 I spent on the mayoral nomination fee.  I will be conducting my campaign online with my various social media network accounts:

Reddit:  http://www.reddit.com/user/SlavkoMiladinovic/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110991373523117272472/posts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SlavkoMiladinovic
Twitter: @SlavkoMiladinov
DISQUS: https://disqus.com/home/user/SlavkoMiladinov
Email: slavko.mayoralcandidate@gmail.com     

3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weaknesses are the injuries I sustained from exhaust fume poisoning as an international, long-haul, truck driver in 2004-2005, which have resulted in many injuries; such as:

  • Short-term memory loss that is equivalent to the computer's RAM (Random Access Memory) module not keeping information.  It got so bad, that I had to look several times left and right repeatedly at a stop sign and decided the way was clear because I kept looking left and right, but forgetting if it was clear for a turn.
  • Speaking abilities are limited, due to memory and a limited three hours of energy per day.
  • Homeostasis imbalance, which is exacerbated further by stress, and prolonged holding and carrying of objects; such as, a briefcase or groceries from a parking lot into a building or to the house.

I have further weaknesses that would affect me in city hall from injuries I sustained when I was hit head-on in an intersection in 1992, which continues to affect me to this day by:

  • Preventing me from sitting long periods of time without moving and placing my spine in a certain position to relieve the pain.
  • Neck pain that is exacerbated when leveraged over the desk, it can ruin the entire day, and has repeatedly since 1992.  I even terminated my post-secondary education schooling many times.  This is why I prefer online reading since my head is more above my shoulders than being leveraged forward over a desk reading.  But, that too, has its limits.

4. Who is your political role model, and why?

I do not have a political role model.  I do not view the mayoral position as political, but that of a business leadership nature. 

I will add, though, for the sake of voters having a better understanding of my background that my maternal, maternal great-grandfather was a town mayor in present day Bosnia.  When I was a teenager I was told he was mayor until the Independent State of Croatia enforced their genocidal laws of converting one third, deporting one third and killing one third of the Serbs.  He was sent to one of many camps where they killed non-Roman Catholics. 

I was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo and baptized as a Serbian Orthodox Christian in the city of Hamilton, Ontario by a teenaged WWII Montenegrin Chetnik freedom fighter.  A teenaged fighter that participated in the beginning of the end of the fascist Croatian state.  He made it all the way to my great-grandfather's town, which is not far from the Sava river.  They lost 75 per cent of their freedom fighters, but helped bring freedom.

5. 40 years from now, how do you picture your municipality?

Well planned, well watched and respect for all outdoors due to increased conscientiousness of electronic monitoring and documentation. This should aid in a healthier outdoor population.  I also see a balanced budget, without any need for any further loans, if my ideas are implemented.