The reason for this post was because the information on London’s website was inadequate. It did not provide enough information for an informed decision – so we took it upon ourselves. Below you will see all the contact and platform information for each candidate, and as well as whatever platform point they felt they wanted emphasized. Last but not least, we have added a lil’ deVOTEd commentary to liven it up a bit.
Ward 13 aka “Richmond Row.” If you live in the downtown core or at Varsity Commons, this is your ward.
Kim Bardai // @KimBardai aka “Spell Check”
“One point I really need to make is most of candidate that are running in ward 13 don’t appreciate the economy that students create in City of London. Without the students many businesses would not exist today.” (Just another candidate who fails to reciprocate this message in his platform…)
The rest of Kim’s platform.
Where Kim Bardai’s platform lacks a simple editing job, his platform and experience shine in the business sector. Bardai is focused on investing in London long-term, and with his business experience he might know just how to successfully do it. However, Bardai’s platform lacks in plans for implementation not just in spelling. Focusing on Kim’s platform and taking him seriously was difficult once we started sifting through the amount of mistakes on one platform point alone. We fear that Kim Bardai’s lack of attention to detail could reflect in how he handles projects and his commitment to them.
Chris Edgar // @ChrisEdgar5 aka “Tax & Duty Free”
“My main focus is on core basics. London is facing an infrastructure funding “gap” of $52.1 million currently, which could grow to $466.1 million by 2022 if not addressed.”
The rest of Chris Edgar’s platform.
A candidate promising a hold on taxes is an empty promise. A promise of a no tax increase or “holding taxes” as Edgar writes, is exceedingly unrealistic, just ask London’s former mayor who ran on a zero percent tax increase back in 2010. No one likes to pay taxes, but by not raising taxes even slightly, London will be digging its own grave. Chris Edgar seems like she genuinely wants each and every person in Ward 13 to have the best quality of living possible and to feel safe in their homes. She unfortunately does not understand how conflicting and hindering her platform is to these goals. Where funding is cut, services will suffer. It is a promise she definitely cannot fulfill without causing for other parts of London to bear the burden. Admirable, but unrealistic.
Elizabeth Efthymiadis // @elizabethefthym aka “Plain Jane”
” I support student engagement in civic matters. If elected I will work with the Students’ Council to find ways to encourage engagement in areas that impact the life of a student in London, such as the London Transit system and tenant/landlord relations.”
The rest of Elizabeth’s platform.
There isn’t anything impressive or that stands out about Elizabeth, but there isn’t anything to dislike either. She is not a front-runner, but she is not the worst candidate either. We applaud her on her cool web layout.
John Fyfe-Millar // @fyfemillar aka “Buzz Lightyear”
John failed to provide us with a highlighted platform point — maybe he had just as much difficulty as we did finding an actual point beyond his combined buzzwords.
The rest of John’s platform.
In all of John’s buzzwords, we were able to find some really great points. One of our favourites is a mantra that John wants to develop on council being: “Instill an attitude of “say yes” until there is a reason to say “no”.” To us, this made us feel like he truly wants to be open to idea of new developments and it made him more approachable. After reading through all of John Fyfe-Millar’s “platform points”, we had a hard time deriving any actual action plan or clear stance on issues. John seems to be like a perfect politician – he is very polished, speaks well, and is very visible within the community — he is also full of pretty words that hold no content (synergy!), like most politicians. If you can read past all this and make your way to his About Me section, you would realize that he is actually is an impressive candidate in terms of community involvement, civic engagement, and cultural development.
Tanya Park // @tanneramma aka “Most Likely to Succeed”
“A focus of my platform is to ensure our municipality has all the important amenities like an outstanding transit system, recreational places, affordable high speed fiber optic internet and quality libraries. Amenities like these are critical as they are an economic attractor for both job creation and talent retention.
YOU are the key demographic whose presence ensures London’s successful and vibrant future, and don’t you forget it! We need to be a city with an exceptional quality of life so that you want to stay here!
We need a strong, focused councillor that is in touch and understands the issues on a deep level, and that is me.
Realize your power and VOTE!”
The rest of Tanya’s platform.
Out of all the candidates, Tanya Park easily seems the most likable and approachable. At first glance of Park’s platform, you can tell that she genuinely wants to improve the ward and work on developing not only the Ward, but a community. It wasn’t until we checked out Tanya’s blog, that we were able to see just how solution-packed she truly is. Tanya Park has the support of many past London city councilors, and has already formed good relations with a wide variety of influential individuals within the Ward, making her recognizable, approachable, and engaged – and she’s not even elected yet. In addition to that, Park’s experience advocating within the community shows that she has already proven herself capable to do one of the biggest parts of the role of a councilor. Tanya Park seems to be like a candidate that truly just wants to better the state of Ward 13, and eventually London, while having the experience and competency to do so.
“The most critical issue in this election is what I have been talking to people about – the governance of this city. Governance is the primary job of city council. The current council has governed in a very partisan manner over the past four years. There has been a very clear divide on council and this has hindered the decision-making process. Council has debated issues based on their “left-right” split and not on what is best for the City of London.”
The rest of Gordon’s platform.
Gordon Saylor’s “platform” merely consists of headers of issues that pertain to Ward 13 and links to the plans that London has already developed as solutions. There were more pictures of him than actual constructive and critical platform points. Which is quite unfortunate, because a look at Gordon Saylor’s experience within London would leave you exceedingly impressed. There is no denying that Gordon Saylor has well rounded experience advocating and working in London for a variety of associations and boards including (but not limited to): Urban League of London director, Board of Directors for Covent Garden Market, and Board of Directors on Thames Talbot Land Trust. If Gordon were to be elected, there is no doubt that the experience he brings would be more than beneficial to council however, how do you vote for someone without knowing where they stand on issues?
David Winninger // aka “Not Winning-er”
We reached out to David Winninger, but he did not respond to us.
Whenever candidates fail to reply it makes us question their ability to fulfill their role within council. How can you successfully advocate and hear the concerns of your ward if you can’t even be bothered to respond to a short e-mail asking for information to make it easier for people to vote for you? Sorry David Winninger, hearing you are super experienced through the grapevine isn’t going to cut it during voting day.
Have questions for your candidates? You can ask them at the upcoming debate:
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 7pm // Central Library – Wolf Performance Hall
Which is unfortunately because it also conflicts with the Mayoral debate on campus:
Mayoral Debate // Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 6:30pm // Mustang Lounge
Pick whichever event you feel you would benefit the most from, and remember that you can vote on-campus this Thursday, October 16th!
And as always, still need information on how to vote, where to vote, and everything in between? We got you covered. Check out our masterpost of all things elections.