A Running Start

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July 11, 2018

On Saturday, I was thrilled to announce that I would be running for re-election to Waterloo City Council in Ward 6. Yesterday, I made it official by submitting my nomination papers at City Hall.

After filing my nomination papers, I showed my official candidate package to the newest addition to our family – baby Finn. (photo credit: Kate Daley, aka Mom)

Eight years ago, I said I’d work for a more inclusive and sustainable city with safer rental housing, better infrastructure, and real choices in transportation.

Today, we have a residential rental licensing bylaw that helped us correct hundreds of safety and zoning violations, an award-winning asset management system that makes sure every infrastructure dollar is well spent, and a better connected and maintained cycling network that provides more transportation choices across the city. We also have a growing mixed-use community in Northdale with better urban design and more diverse housing options, a revitalized Clair Lake with a new community-funded and city-maintained playground, and Canada’s first net-zero energy multi-tenant office building steps from the Research and Technology Park LRT station.

All of that work took strong leadership, and I am proud of the role I played to make all of those initiatives happen. I also know there is still much more work to do.

On housing, we must use the new inclusionary zoning tools the province gave us to write rules requiring the private sector to build more moderately priced housing as part of larger development projects. We must also review our plans for city-owned lands to include both new jobs and new affordable housing so everyone can find a place to live in Waterloo.

Holding baby Finn on Saturday, telling him I would be running for re-election this fall.

On infrastructure, we must fund a responsible and affordable plan that makes sure our children enjoy the same quality of living that our parents enjoyed. I’ve worked hard to make sure we have the right system that will prioritize every new dollar well, and we can’t wait for more help from Justin Trudeau or Doug Ford to get started.

On sustainability, we must expand our all-year cycling network and build in more protection so everyone can feel safe using that network to get around. We must also lead on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by making our existing city facilities more energy efficient.

As a new parent, I am more committed than ever to making an even better Waterloo for our children, for our grandparents, for all of us.

I’m ready to roll up my sleeves again over the next four years and I have the experience to work with Council, staff, and the community to get it done.

I would be honoured to have your support again on October 22nd.