ON OCTOBER 18th VOTE
DAN FOR MAYOR
Vote Dan Dromarsky, in the upcoming October 18th election. By using social media to connect with the citizens of Edmonton and with the traditional means of campaigning I want to know "What do you think Edmonton?"
People spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on elections but my idea is to
show it can take less capital resources to run for office.
I am 32 years old and have lived in Edmonton since birth. I love this city and want to raise my family in a city that is safe and enjoyable for all citizens.
How am I different? What makes me a good Mayor?
The ability to envision the
future It is said that management is the ability to move
others from Point A to Point B, and that leadership is the ability to discern where Point B should be. The mayor should be the one who provides direction. But having a vision is no good if it
cannot be sold to the public. That is why a good mayor must have ...
Good communication skills, especially the ability to listen. If one of the more effective leadership styles is the ability to envision the future, then convincing others to join in that vision is critical.
The ability to
inspire a good mayor inspires others. People want to get
involved and be a part of the effort. One thing that good mayors do is start with a successful project and then build on it with a goal to benefit all.
Action Planning without implementing is not leading. Too many mayors spend so much time on the visioning part that they do not accomplish anything. Visioning provides hope, planning provides involvement, but in the final analysis it is action that produces results.
Integrity A mayor without integrity is not deserving of the public trust. We must be true to ourselves and the people we serve.
Being Mayor is not always about experience. If it was the eldest person running should be elected. It is about many other character traits and qualities that define who we are as leaders.
The City Centre Airport- It is difficult to see City Council not have this issue left up to the citizens of Edmonton. For the last several years is seems like the push has been for closure. Where are the reports on how we can make Edmonton work with the city centre airport? I only see plans to close it and this is not a proper representation of the views of all citizens. The items with the airport that matter to me are medi-vac services, used by many businesses and provides a much needed gateway to the north. I believe that the citizens of Edmonton should have been able to make the choice to keep the airport operational.
As Mayor I will push for:
LRT Expansion- This must be done. We are years behind Calgary and other cities in Canada. We need to build in a fiscally responsible manner, minimizing the impact to commuter traffic and the residents near the LRT lines. We must have forward thinking that will promote the use of across city travel on the LRT. We also should extend transit hours to better serve Edmontonians.
Winter Plan - Edmonton is a winter city and it is about time that we handle our snow removal like a winter city. We should be pros at removing snow and maintaining our roads. But the sad reality is that we are not. Our sidewalks and streets are falling apart all over the city and we have a huge job ahead to repair them due to a lack of proper maintenance. Infrastructure and safety should be our first two concerns as a city before anything. As Mayor I plan to work with council to make sure we put a strategic plan and realistic winter budget in place to be a leader in dealing with winter weather and winter roadways. We need to look at other cities and see what best practices we can introduce to Edmonton but also see what best practices we can improve to be a leader that other cities will look to as the example. Winter comes every year in our city and we should be ready for it every year not crippled by it.
PROPERTY TAX FREEZE- If voted in as Mayor I amdedicated to making a major change in how personal property taxes are paid. I would like to have Edmontonians have the option tobe able pay at the current rate for up to 3 years on personal property taxes. We need to encourage more people pay taxes on-time and allow taxpayers to take advantage of current rate.
This would allow seniors and anyone else who owns a personal residence in Edmonton to have one less concern about the cost of living. Many long time citizens have savings that may want to invest in the city and in return they have the peace of mind knowing that they won’t have a tax increase.
A similar model for prepayment is used to pay for tuition in some Colleges/ Universities in the USA and can allow the City to pay down existing debt.
As Mayor I want to offer citizens the opportunity to invest in Edmonton. The less interest the City has to pay on existing debt the more it can invest back into its citizens and keep tax increases to a minimum or stationary. If we can use this model to keep taxes consistent more citizens will want to invest in this idea.”
Secure Online Voting –As Mayor I would like to introduce Secure On-line voting to our election process, plebiscites as a means to use technology and to keep the overall costs associated with having elections down. This also is a way to encourage people to participate in elections. With only 27% of eligible voters actually voting last election we need more voters to cast a ballot in the upcoming election. If I can encourage more voter turnout I can increase a more competitive democratic election.
New Hockey Arena and multi-plex-
Sports have the wonderful ability to draw people together and can benefit surrounding business, groups and individuals. Building a new arena in Edmonton should have been a thought many years ago when it was the 20th oldest stadium, not the oldest. A new arena in the downtown core would be a huge benefit to the city of Edmonton but also a huge investment. The reason I use the term “investment” is because that is exactly what a new arena is, a long-term investment. The building of a new arena needs to be handled as a business transaction. Edmonton should benefit/profit financially in the same way the owner of our beloved hockey team needs to.
As your mayor I believe we need to change the process.
-The process with how mayor and council engage you the taxpayer and shareholder of Edmonton.
-We must change the process on how the city spends tax dollars and place “needs” before “wants”.
-Have public consultation and not just private consultants.
-Be careful with every last dollar.
-We must change the process on how the city handles city assets. Your assets. The shareholders of Edmonton assets. Assets that many of your grandparents and great grandparents wanted to remain yours to prosper you and your children.
We must change the process because large debt and selling of you city assets is not a legacy. We need to have a city where citizens want to stay and raise generations of Edmontonians.
We must always be mindful that we are elected to serve. Not just those who voted for us, but also those who didn’t. The mayor is elected to represent the city and make it an even better Edmonton.
If you are happy with the process, if your happy large tax increases, selling of city assets, and being short changed by mismanagement. Then vote for someone else.
But if you want change. If you want to change the process. If you want to move Edmonton forward not just to the next election but forward for the next decade then vote Dan. Dan for mayor.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”