The Public Record is interviewing candidates running for the City Council seat representing Ward 1 from September 4 to September 13.
These are the questions they will be answering.
- Who is [NAME]?
- Why are you running?
- Do you live in Ward 1, Yes or No?
Does it matter if one lives in the community one seeks to represent?
- How have you contributed to your community and our city?
- What are your two priorities for Ward 1 and two priorities for Hamilton as a whole?
- What are three skills you will bring to elected office that makes you the best choice to represent Hamiltonians on City Council?
- Hamilton’s zoning regulations prevent the building of multi-unit clustered housing which is in scale with existing single-family housing, commonly referred to as “The Missing Middle”.
There are approximately 100,000 Hamiltonians in their 20s, and approximately 140,000 Hamiltonians over the age of 65.
The “Missing Middle” is medium-density transit connected housing in walkable communities and is important to young renters, first-time owners, and critical for seniors seeking to successfully age in place in the communities they’ve lived for decades.
As a Member of City Council, you will need to address housing challenges in Hamilton, you will face opposition to infill development, and provincially mandated intensification.
How will you respond to concerns about development, and where do you believe mid-density growth should occur in your ward?
- “Town and gown” —a phrase coined by academics— tensions are nearly as old as universities themselves. In one of the most famous examples, a three-day riot in Oxford resulted in 62 students and nearly as many townspeople dead in 1355. The Scholastica’s Day Riot broke out after a dispute about beer in a local tavern. Luckily, town and gown conflicts today are much tamer and involve much more substantive issues.
As the Ward 1 Councillor, you will be responsible for representing both Town, and Gown. How will you effectively represent both, and successfully mediate to create solutions which balance both interests?
- What are two changes you will propose to improve City services?
- What are two changes you will propose to improve quality of life in Hamilton?
- Hamilton City Council decided against ranked balloting.
Ranked balloting enables voters to choose by prioritizing candidates – such as the top three – they feel qualified for public office and best able to represent them.
What is your position on ranked ballots?
- How will you improve civic governance and engagement during the next four years?
- How will the City of Hamilton’s Strategic Plan guide your decision making in hiring a new City Manager, and what qualities do you seek in a new City Manager?
- Politics is the art of allocating limited resources and compromising to find solutions, how will you do so?
- It’s 2022, The Public Record is writing a review of the four year Council term that is just ending. What three words do you hope we will use to describe your term on Council, and what three words do you hope will describe Council as a whole?
- Thank you, that’s the end of the prepared questions you were sent in advance. Do you have closing remarks you wish to share?