A different quality of leadership
"We have an election on October 16th in Edmonton. I live in Ward 8. For years this has been the easiest vote in the world - Ben Henderson. This year, I am going to change my vote to Kirsten Goa. Kirsten was a neighbour of mine for a few years and sister of a high school friend, Hannah, and so we'd see each other around and I'd hear her husband play banjo on his porch from time to time. When I heard she was running for city council I was puzzled. Ben is great. He votes consistently on the right side of things. I like this man. He rides his bike everywhere. He has been a friend of causes dear to my heart and, no doubt, yours.
So I invited her over for tea and we caught up on things were and she told me how quickly her children were growing. I asked her why she was running. My first question was, "Are you running to make a statement or are you running to win." I don't want to back someone unless they intend to win. She assured me that this was her attention. My next question was "Why are you running?" And then I listened to her for about an hour and asked her more and more questions. By the end, even though I had begun our time together ready to say 'no' to her, despite our community connections, she had my vote.
So here's why I'm voting for her: I think she can whip the vote.
Perhaps it's that I feel the urgency of the times; the world on fire and the accelerating catastrophes that I feel the need for a different quality of leadership.
Kirsten has a background in organizing. Not like organizing your desk but activist, progressive, coalition building type of organizing. Bringing people together for a common cause to make something happen.
In the end, it's not enough to have a councillor who will vote the right way. We need a councillor who can get others to vote the right way too.
Politics is, in the end, about power. It's about identifying the wanted policy and applying pressure to the people needed to make the decision so they go the right way and don't just go where the money and status is for them. I think Kirsten brings that background, skillset and orientation. I am confident she'll vote progressively and get other councillors on side to vote with her.
Kirsten is kind, tough, thoughtful and she has grit and determination.
I urge you to consider voting for her."
- Tad Hargrave, co-founder TheLocalGood.ca, StreetcarShows.com, GreenDrinksYeg.com, SocialYogiYeg.com, and The Good Hundred Experiment