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 so far. The deadline for nomination papers to be filed is Sept. 12.
Each candidate has answered the same five questions, and their replies will be reproduced. Today we speak to Les Armstrong, who is running for mayor of Wilmot Township.
1. What’s the most important issue in your city for the next council term?
To maintain/upgrade and/or replace our aging infrastructure.
2. Voter turnout is notoriously low, especially in municipal politics. How will you engage voters?
Using each and every opportunity to listen personally, engage our citizens through conversation and to encourage them to get out and vote.
3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?
Juggling time is my biggest constraint as I strive to attend each and every function, meeting, appointment, or invitation which requests my presence. Having an excellent support staff (which I acknowledge) is crucial in the maintaining, prioritizing and scheduling of my everyday commitments and makes it possible to achieve my obligations in a timely manner.
4. Who is your political role model and why?
My political role model is Mr. Harold Albrecht, MP. If you had the opportunity to spend a day with Harold in his riding or ask him for his assistance on almost any issue, you would fully understand my choice and the sincere appreciation I have for this individual.
5. 40 years from now, how do you picture your municipality?
If growth continues to be encouraged and finances are at the level of management that they have been for the past 17 years, I envision the Township of Wilmot remaining prosperous, vibrant and a great municipality in which to live, play and grow.