Waterloo Region Votes: 5 Questions for Cambridge's Andrew Johnson

CBC Kitchener-Waterloo asked every mayoral candidate in the region five questions. Today we hear from Andrew Johnson, running for mayor of Cambridge.
Andrew Johnson is running for mayor of Cambridge. (Andrew Johnson)

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 Andrew Johnson, running for mayor of Cambridge.

To see the other mayoral candidates click here: 

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

I feel that the most important issue in the city is the need to make a full economic recovery. So many of the issues we face are directly linked to the crash of 2008 which Cambridge has not yet recovered. Jobs and employment are probably the single biggest issue that are facing people in our city right now, and we need to develop strategies to make sure employers find it both feasible and advantageous to run their businesses here. We can fix that by being pro small business (the driver of all successful economies) and with the right mix of private and public investment to create the opportunities necessary for growth to begin. 

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

The last election had an embarrassingly low turnout. That showed me that there was/is a disconnect between city hall and the citizens. By speaking directly with the community (face to face and online) I want the people to know that their voices are being heard and that they do in fact have a say in what happens in their city. I will (am) engage by engaging, by talking and most importantly listening to our residents concerns and acting accordingly. 

3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?

This can be a tricky question because one persons weakness can be another's strength but I will actually answer honestly. My biggest weakness is probably what some would call my "ADD". I get very excited about many different things and like to move on to the next thing and the next thing after that. This has in many ways been more a blessing than a curse as (surrounded with a good team) it allows me to deal well in complex environments which have many moving parts. 

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

4. My political role model. Good question. I have a few. One is Premier Bill Davis, who was Premier at the time I was turning 20 years of age, which was the time at which I realized I wanted to pursue politics. He was very inspirational. That was 1984. I was elected to municipal council in 1988. I was 24. It didn't take long for me to act once inspired.

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

Blogging as a career didn't exist 40 years ago. Tough question to answer. We are very well positioned in the province and the region, so, well managed, the city will be what most cities should be, a place full of opportunity offering a great quality of life. A great place to raise a family with an active downtown core (x3) that will most likely be built "up" by then. It will still have the titles I was able to get as Mayor. 1. The best place in Canada to start a small business. 2. The happy capital of North America.