Many people have encouraged me to run for council in 2014, even after the official start of the election. Here's why I'm not running.
Everyone Wants Something for Nothing
So you think I should run? Remember when I put the call out for $5000 worth of donations for a good cause? remember when we only hit $1500. Remember when I asked again for the remaining $3500 to go to http://www.aliebalan.com/cibc
I'm still waiting for the community to deliver because otherwise it's just me standing all by myself trying to fight off the systemic apathy, poverty, and redundancy that grips our region. So instead I'm supporting Graham Speck for Regional Council, he's got the team.
You Can Do More Outside Council
I actually discovered that I was more involved in local organizations than many of the City councillors that had to balance work, life, and constituency issues on top of their efforts to move the community forward. It is surprising how much a dedicated team of individuals can accomplish without the aid or interference of the political sphere.
Since I'm hoping to see more volunteers out after this election I'm supporting Maria Lallouet for Ward 4 because of her decades of experience as a local minister. She will find the time to deal with people face-to-face and is the candidate residents deserve.
It is a Legal Nightmare
Every action of an elected representative is governed. Did you know that you can put out a request for any correspondence, including personal emails and Facebook messages, of any municipal representative in Ontario. There is no privacy.
Instead I'm supporting local lawyer Doug Thomas to govern in Welland as an expert on the policies and procedures of local government.
Don't ask me to run until this community is healthy enough to run.
Residents of Niagara Falls are encouraged to vote for Connie Topolinsky for Mayor.
Residents of Wainfleet are encouraged to vote for Laurie Dayboll for Mayor.
Residents of St.Catharines are encouraged to choose between Burch or Secord for Mayor.
Residents of Port Colborne are encouraged to vote for Mike Sloat for Mayor
Residents of Thorold are encouraged to agree that Thorold isn't a real city and to release Port Robinson to Welland.