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Ward 6, meet your candidates

“People that I met through my job urged me to run. Because of that, I am the people's choice. It is time for changes — Rad means radical changes. Only together we can make it happen. I am not doing this for the money; in fact, I would be alderman of Ward 6 on a volunteer basis.”

Rad Dimic
Lawyer in Sarajevo for 11 years; cab driver in Calgary for 13 years
Age: 53

No. 1 issue:
“Returning honesty, dignity and transparency to city hall.”

Why run?
“People that I met through my job urged me to run. Because of that, I am the people's choice. It is time for changes — Rad means radical changes. Only together we can make it happen. I am not doing this for the money; in fact, I would be alderman of Ward 6 on a volunteer basis.”


Brent Mielke
Community association president, stay-at-home parent
Age: 38

No. 1 issue:
“Improving management of our business, and ensuring we have clear priorities.”

Why run?
“I’m running to bring a more balanced approach to council, in place of the polarized debates we’ve seen from the past three years that simply don’t work to address the challenges Calgary faces. I believe in a collaborative approach that affords all interest groups and communities an opportunity to participate in finding solutions.”


Randy Royer
Hotel investor
Age: 55

No. 1 issue:
“Traffic. It needs a new plan in Ward 6, and Sierra Morena Drive needs to be fixed.”

Why run?
“Government must be brought back into control, both in its spending and its lack of service. And if we can't fix it here in Calgary, the most enterprising and best-educated city in Canada, then where can it happen?”


Coral Turner
Mom, artist, volunteer
Age: 49
No. 1 issue:
“The open and transparent communication/dialogue between the community and city hall.”

Why run?
“I want to give back something to communities that have supported and encouraged my family and me over the last 17 years.”


Tom Malyszko
Patent and trade-mark agent.
Age: 44

No 1. issue:
“Property taxes.”

Why run?
“Excessive property-tax increases from 2008 (through a recession) highlighted that:
1) Calgary infrastructure was not being built for future capacity, and so huge money is and will be wasted to redo recently completed projects.
2) Projects are always over budget and late, and about 50 per cent are single-sourced.
3) The auditor must not be fired for doing her job. The auditor needs to be beefed up, not declawed.
4) The city pays more attention to special interests than citizens, and so campaign-contribution rules must be tightened to avoid abuse. That is why my campaign is self-financed.”


Henry R. Sims
Calgary Transit Driver
Age: 42

No. 1 issue:
“Accountable government.”

Why run?
“I am tired of complaining on the sidelines. It's time to do something about the issues.”


Richard Pootmans
Senior business development manager with Calgary Economic Development
Age: 54

No. 1 issue:
“Solving complex and major traffic issues, particularly in Ward 6, such as Highway 8.”

Why run?
“I have more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, which makes me uniquely qualified to represent Ward 6 on city council. I've listened to the residents of Ward 6 and I am committed to restoring the confidence that Calgarians expect to have in their city council.”


Ken Rogers
Project manager
Age: 56

No. 1 issue:
Traffic

Why run?
“Our ward is in a major transition with the west LRT, new and old neighbourhoods and we have lost our voice at city hall. With all the construction challenges in the ward the residents need a strong voice to ensure our current quality of life continues.”


Robert Wills
Municipal government employee
Age: 44

No. 1 issue:
“We have to reduce spending.”

Why run?
“I’m tired of our taxpaying dollars being spent irresponsibly.”


John Yannitsos
Self-employed
Age: 49

No. 1 issue:
Governance/ accountability.

Why run?
“As a former president and chairman of the board of two public companies and current president of the Hellenic Community of Calgary with a strong charitable history, I was asked by those who know me the best to run, as it seemed to be a logical extension of my charitable, community and governance background. They know me to be a person who cares.”

 
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