I was very pleased to see a contest in Ward 1 after I indicated that I hoped to see one. I also like that Scott Davey who entered to challenge Moni Lagonia is a credible candidate who gives voters a real choice and who is mounting a serious campaign.
After reviewing the candidates websites, I have reached the conclusion that if I lived in Ward 1 that I would vote for Moni Lagonia. She’s definitely the most experienced candidate and so therefore the one that brings the most depth to council discussions. I also like that she has already demonstrated her dedication to making Kitchener a better place to live. Ideally, I’d love to see women in half the seats at City Council. I’d never support someone just because of their gender but when you have a woman of substance running, she deserves a close look and in this case your support. It’s true that Lagonia does not live in the ward but I have never believed that is a mandatory requirement for a politician and I am confident that she can be a strong representative for Ward 1.
On the issues, I wish Lagonia presented more of her platform online so I’m taking a bit of a leap of faith on this one. What I liked best that is there is her openess to entering discussions on a merger with the City of Waterloo. Her comments on the LRT are disappointing but she is more open to the idea and its objectives than is Davey. His positions on the issues are disappointing from my perspective such as pitting the suburbs against the downtown, coming out in favour of Bus Rapid Transit and an unrealistic solution to traffic congestion. Davey’s platform does not reflect my Kitchener, so I choose to support the most experienced candidate.