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 Dave Jaworsky, one of four candidates registered to run for mayor of Waterloo.

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

Building Waterloo’s prosperity, in order to secure jobs and support the economy, is essential. Many of our neighbours are out-of-work, underemployed; as a government we need to show positive leadership to create an environment where everyone can contribute and succeed. 

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

During this campaign my number one priority is meeting as many people as possible and getting them excited about our city. My hope is that personal engagement will help involve residents in the process, get them out to the polls on Election Day and keep them involved with the City going forward. 

3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?

I can have a great, long conversation with nearly anyone! If I want to try to meet every resident in Waterloo, I need to curb my enthusiasm when I'm on each doorstep.

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

I decided to enter politics not because there is someone I aspire to be, but because there is something I aspire to do. I have a vision for a more prosperous Waterloo that I hope to realize as Mayor. 

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

I envision a progressive, connected municipality that has strong community values. We have an ecosystem in Waterloo today that promotes collaboration; in the next 40 years we will take this a step further. As our community matures I see us evolving into an era of discovery, uncovering new technologies, using new learning methods in our schools, advancing environmental protections, and reaping the benefits of our vibrant, diverse society.