Get to Know Who's Running: Scott Johnston (Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi)
There happens to be a Municipal Election coming up in Edmonton on October 18, 2021, and I think it's important for locals to get to know the City Council candidates running for their particular ward (as well as their Mayoral candidates, of course). I chose to get more involved in the election this year and so wanted to give each candidate a chance to tell us a little about themselves, their vision, and why you should vote for them. I have sent a 10-question questionnaire to each of the 2021 Edmonton Municipal Election candidates and will post their responses (100% as written) here as they come in. With that said, let's get to know...
"I had been in the radio and media business for four decades — almost 30 years covering City Hall. Over that time I've had the chance to see what works and what doesn't. And now, I have the opportunity to share my thoughts and experience with Edmontonians. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch."
2. Responsiveness to maintaining our communities
I have heard from many residents that the hyperlocal items that matter to them seem to be declining in quality, like ensuring our green spaces are well maintained, snow is cleared in a timely manner, potholes are repaired efficiently and our new garbage collection system works out the kinks.
I would advocate on Ward resident’s behalf and advocate for these topics with common sense solutions like converting ground cover to natural plants that don’t require maintenance.
3. Transit expansion that listens to residents
Running in a Ward that is one of the fastest growing parts of our city, I believe we need to take the time to listen to residents and take a pragmatic approach to get any transit expansion done correctly. That would include first utilizing bus rapid transit to gauge where ridership demand will happen. That will inform developers where to build, based on the demand, as well as establishing where the tax base will grow to pay for it..
Once established demand is in place, only then should we convert to LRT (or whatever the new technology of the day is.) We need to be intentional, pragmatic and listen to the residents in an area on how they will use transit and be impacted by it when it comes to considering transit options for communities.
4. Moving at the speed of business
We need to listen to small and medium business owners when they say that the speed it takes to get approvals from the city is hurting their bottom line. As Councillor, I would champion reducing red tape and encouraging our administration to move at the speed of business.
We also need to listen to those in the industry who have seen the challenges and roadblocks built into the system, and listen when they say there are changes that need to be made to streamline approvals.