Municipal elections


We’re getting to the final weeks to our municipal elections. I remember advice from my dad of the importance of voting in municipal elections. As a first-time voter, I was keenly interested in a federal election and voting but he advised that local politics were more important since they have a direct impact on your community.

Normally, there isn’t a great deal of difference between platforms for the candidates but things are different this year. We’re in a town that’s really divided. In a way, it reminds me of how divisive politics in the United States and now Canada can be.

https://www.amherstburg.ca/en/town-hall/2022-candidates.aspx

With the exception of a couple of the school boards, there will be elections for all of the positions. One of the candidates for Public School Board is actually a former student.

We’ve been having conversations about the positions which is different for us this early. Sometimes, it’s the last day or two before the election when we start to scramble.

There are some local issues that are important to us:

  • having a public swimming pool and baseball diamonds again – we lost them due to the construction of the new secondary school
  • updating public playgrounds – we’ve had some equipment torn down and has not been replaced
  • construction of something – a hotel and restaurant with marina has been taken down and is currently just fenced off waiting for something to happen
  • the Belle Vue house was purchased and is sitting there waiting for something to be done with it

There are things that are important to others in the community. They’re very vocal about it on social media.

I did spend some time looking through the above list of candidates. Some of them are very visible in the community with their lawn signage. Others have nothing. Some of the candidates have an electronic presence; others have none. In the day of free presence on services like Facebook, you can easily have that presence. You don’t need to create your own website. I’ll be honest; in the year 2022, I would have a really difficult time voting for someone without a digital presence.

We have the ability to research and dig deeper with candidates in this day and age. It speaks loudly to me about the abilities and relevance of the candidate. It’s far richer than the quick flyer in the mailbox. (which we’ve been getting as well)

I know that, for some, there’s a stigma against social media and there are good reasons to question some of the use of it. This isn’t one of those times though. It seems to me that it’s the best way to reach out to those potential voters.

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