Don Iveson. Folks from all ideologies seem to be rallying around his positive campaign. It's not the rallying for me but the positivity and optimism that I also feel about this great city that has all the potential. I don't just want a steward, a manager, or a nit picker, but a real thinker, who applies common sense.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Diotte had my vote but his campaign got off the rails not once but many times. As an armchair political strategist, there were just too many things that went wrong and it indicated to me that if one can't manage and get their own campaign message on track, how about city?
Campaigns matter. Leibovici's appeared to be too well funded and the shots of negativity from her camp did not sit well with me. Don's was funded by developers too but it's also big time grassroots. Most of my politico friends from every federal and provincial party here around my age group were actively on his team and giving big endorsements. It was all positive and good energy.
Don's stance and vote switch on the arena deal matched my view exactly.
He's the only councillor to spearhead small business initiatives and knows how to bring everyone together from all viewpoints. And the only one with the foresight to bring sewers and drainage to be a forefront issue.
He's also a strong family man and that means something to me, even though I'm single.
And you know what? Calgary can't be the only city to have a young, hip mayor. We need an articulate, smart champion for Edmonton to show to those people and businesses who are thinking about moving here can see us as modern, intelligent, exciting, and relevant city.
In my view, Iveson is the best of the candidates that truly represents Edmonton and me.