The importance of an open mind in 2010
It is with great pride and a strong sense of responsibility that I make my debut blog for the 2010 municipal election. For this introductory blog, I would like to focus on the importance of keeping an open mind during the election campaign.
Municipal elections are unique to the democratic process. No other level of government provides the amount of access to the candidate or their campaign. This is due, in large part to the fact that a candidate is free to create their own platform based on their knowledge and leadership in the community and the city, as opposed to simply “toeing a party line.”
However, the absence of a party system at the municipal level requires the electorate to invest some time to understand the candidates and determine which one is the most effective person to represent them at City Hall. I believe that this dynamic requires the voter to keep an open mind when making their decision for the next Mayor, Councillor, and School Trustee.
In this election, I ask you to resist the urge to support a candidate just because of name recognition or because they are the incumbent. Instead, have the candidates apply for the job, like they would any other job. Have them convince you why they are the best person to represent your interests at City Hall.
I recently spoke to one mayoral candidate who told me that it was too early to ask for my vote, but instead asked that I consider his candidacy as the campaign unfolded. That is the kind of campaign that every candidate should run, including incumbent Councillors, and one that the voters should expect!
This election will shape the future of our City for years to come, and it requires the electorate to be more engaged and informed in order to buck the trend of low voter turnout in previous municipal elections (approximately 40 per cent). If the City has any chance of success in the future, the electorate must participate in the process en masse.
So with that, I look forward to discussing the important issues that affect our city so that we can all contribute to the process of building a better city. Talk to you soon!About Dan Bordonali