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 hear from John Holman, running for mayor of North Dumfries.
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1. What's the most important issue in your city for the next council term?
The most important item in the next term of council is to ensure that our township is well positioned for the future. Striking the balance between the needs and wants of the community, with the financial position of our municipality is important. A focus on sustainability and open dialogue will help to steady the course moving into the successive terms for council and the community.
2. Voter turnout is notoriously low, especially in municipal politics. How will you engage voters?
The voter turnout in the Township of North Dumfries last election was not “notoriously low,” compared to some municipalities, it was slightly higher than average. I am striving to engage with as many key opinion holders in the community through canvassing door to door to be able to ensure that the needs and the wants of the community are heard and balanced with specific legislation.
3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is probably my gift of the gab. I like to engage in conversations and discuss situations within a context that I can relate to, so that I can ensure I understand the perspective of the person sharing their concern or situation.
4. Who is your political role model, and why?
I admire public figures who have integrity and a broad perspective of public policy issues. There have been many Canadians in this category from all political backgrounds. I believe that we should always remember the challenge that a prominent leader gave the world, that good citizenship means that public service is about "what you can do for your country," not about "what your country can do for you."
5. 40 years from now, how do you picture your municipality?
In 40 years, I hope to be able to have created and fostered a legacy that brings the community together to be able to shape part of their future. My children will be adults by then. I hope to have them understand that if people are passionate, honest and open about challenges, they can affect change. Our ancestors helped to shape what the Township of North Dumfries is like now, and we need to respect this approach and continue. I hope to be able to preserve our landscape and our heritage.