Having been born and raised in Edmonton I have had the privilege of being a resident of Edmonton my entire life. Married with 3 children and my wonderful wife Jennifer expecting our 4th child in December I know what it is like to raise a young family in a busy growing city. Being a life long Edmontonian I have grown and matured over the years alongside my favorite city. Having been in sales/business for the past 10+ years, I know this has given me the experience necessary to work with council to make Edmonton an even better place to live and visit.
Being a very capable and competent candidate I have decided to handle my campaign for Mayor in a unique way. My intention is not to run a campaign filled with propaganda but to connect with the individual in an authentic manner. I want to use the power of social media to inform the citizens of Edmonton and work on connecting with people through technology and social media, not only during this campaign, but continued through my term if I were to be elected. I feel it is important that the citizens have access to the mayor on a personal level, not just through a public forum. I believe this can be achieved through social media. I want to campaign not with a million dollar budget, but with hard work, transparency, creativity and social media.
When talking with people from our great city I have become greatly concerned with our lack of voter turnout and frustration expressed that there was no box to select “none of the above” for Mayoral candidates. What does this say? People want to have someone that makes them want to vote. Someone who makes them want to express their democratic right. I believe I am that person. I will feel I have been successful with my campaign if nothing else, more Edmontonians are showing up at the polling booths.
With only 27% of eligible voters actually voting last election I want to have at least an additional 75,000 more voters cast a ballot in the upcoming election. Why 75,000? This will increase the ballots cast from election by about 1/3. Last election the Mayoral race was won with 98,751 votes, if I can encourage more voter turnout I can increase a more competitive democratic election. By creating a Facebook page stating that if I receive 75,000 followers I will run for mayor, I want to create a following that will draw more people to the polls and make citizens aware during this current election by utilizing social media such as Facebook and Twitter.