This Article is By: Moderator - Kingston Electors On Dec. - 05, 2005THOUGHTS ON THE 2006 MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Kingston Electors has begun to get thoughts together on how to approach the next municipal election with a view to adding depth to the discussion of local issues.
All of us are dismayed at the lack of preparation shown by some candidates in the most recent election. Learning on the job seems to be the accepted approach to holding office. This is just not good enough. The municipality is a large public corporation. Elected representatives manage/set strategic directions and set our tax rate. Shouldn’t you expect new candidates (and currently elected councillors) to have a good grounding in municipal finance, planning matters and the nuts and bolts of streets, sidewalks, public participation issues and their views on administrative organisation, the growth strategy, the transportation master plan etc., etc., etc?
Prior to the last election we compiled a long questionnaire for candidates to determine their priorities:
Kingston Electors 2003 Election Questionaire and our conclusions - click here.
You will note that LVEC – the issue that has dominated this term of Council is not on that list. Council in fact has two sets of priorities – the "Focus Kingston" list:
You will note that LVEC – the issue that has dominated this term of Council is not on that list. Council in fact has two sets of priorities – the "Focus Kingston" list:and the list of priorities compiled after the last election.
No doubt a new set of priorities will emerge after the 2006 election.
From Kingston Electors point of view, the way to strengthen the election process is high on our list of objectives. We were criticised last election for the time it took to complete the questionnaire and the limited exposure completed questionnaires received. The lack of readership was probably the result of the newness of the web site and our failure to advertise adequately.
This year we are exploring ways to get the best out of the candidates, give their answers the candidates the publicity they deserve and give the public a forum to check, at their leisure, the thoughts of the candidates.
Our tentative plan is to:
All this will require a lot of volunteer time.
Please comment on our tentative approach to the next election.