02 Aug Why I’m running
So far, in these very early days of the campaign, the question I get asked the most is “Why are you running?” It’s not an easy answer, as it can be a bit of a long one. The impetus for this particular election was that, for most of the nomination timeframe, there were no candidates that were local to Lakeside. I believe, in a city like Kingston, one should have a vested interest in the district they wish to represent, either living here or working here. In 2008, my wife and I moved to Reddendale intentionally because we loved this area and we wanted our kids to go to RG Sinclair. We’ve been in this area ever since and we plan on staying here for a long time.
But liking Lakeside isn’t enough. I love Kingston. I moved away twice: once in 1998 for college, and I came back as soon as I was done. I received a job offer a few months later to work at a radio station in Oshawa, and not long after I got there I was ready to come home. Once I was back a few months later, I started work on my first charity music festival (Kingston United Music Festival for the United Way) and my first business (Rock Crew Productions). I met my wife in 2002. We settled down with our family and have grown some pretty solid roots here in the creative and business communities.
Now, here I am running for council in Lakeside. I believe in our city and our district, and I want to be a part of the municipal government that continues to grow a vibrant and healthy Kingston. I will work to reduce homelessness and poverty, to respect our environment, to ensure access to great recreation for all Kingstonians, to ensure our tax dollars are being well-spent, and much more.
In our district, there are lots of concerns regarding the airport expansion, development particularly in Reddendale, traffic in our subdivisions, and the future of our neighbourhood schools. Over the next several weeks, I will be visiting as many area residents as possible to speak with you directly to learn how you feel about these issues and others here in Lakeside and throughout Kingston.