Rock the Vote
Well fellow Calgarians, the time is nearly upon us and tomorrow you get to cast your ballot in the municipal election, some of the rules have changed a bit but everyone is hoping for a good if advance polls are any measure.
As of 2013 the term of office for elected officials is changing from three to four years, lets hope that saves us some money, that hasn’t been a big concern with the current council as you know, the next time to vote will be 2017.
The polls will be open from 10 am till 8pm and will probably be five to ten minutes away from your house if you love downtown or in the burbs.
New for 2013 is the authorized elector identification requirements, electors must produce authorized identification that has both your name and your address on it a driver’s license is fine so is the Alberta Identification card.
The final rundown of candidates for mayor is a lot longer than most anticipated.
Of course there is the purple prince Naheed Nenshi, he’s been the head honcho since 2010, a former consultant and instructor at Mount Royal University, his handling of the flood is the reason a lot of people joined the purple revolution but many accuse him of spending money in council like my wife does at a shoe store.
Larry Heather is a different sort of fellow, calls himself the Christian candidate, he’s run 15 times, hates abortion and has also unsuccessfully run for MLA, MP and public school trustee - very entertaining at debates.
John Lord is a former alderman for ward 8, he held the position for two consecutive terms, later became an MLA and was defeated by radio guy Dave Taylor. Dave is back on the air at QR77 since politics never really took off.
Bruce Jackman is the man of the people a City of Calgary worker who is active in his community.
Milan Papez Sr is a local businessman, he publishes a brochure called “The Silver Bullet” google it and it explains it all.
Carter Thompson is also a local business guy who previously ran for office, he’s a fiscal conservative ho hates the way Nenshi and the crew spend cash and wants to put a stop to rising property taxes.
Norman Perrault is a construction guy, contractor and very active with issues in beautiful Bowness, he’s also run for alderman before but never got the nod.
He’s concerned the city is spending too much and not getting value for the dollar.
Jonathan Sunstrum has also taken a run at the mayor’s position, it was way back in 2007, and JJ as he is known has run several very successful pubs and restaurants and is also concerned about fiscal responsibility.
And finally Sandra Hunter is the pot candidate and would love to see the legalization of weed here in the city and province, she is also adamant the 52 million should have been put back in our pockets.
There you have it in a nutshell, I do hope you cast your ballot so your complaints will be heard from the candidate you elect or kudos for that manor is you elect the right person.
Any more information you can get by calling 311 or by visiting the website at www.calgary.ca