Once you register as a candidate for council, which by the way includes a fee of $100.....Talk about putting your money where your mouth is....you receive a very large pile of papers. Just a little light reading,
You get a copy of the Region's sign bylaw (10 pages), and one from the City of Waterloo (28 pages). I hope no one is being paid by the word. Once you wade through that you should have a complete understanding of the complex issue of signs,where they can go, and when they have to be taken down.
Also in your package, information on the spending limit in the Ward (estimated at just a touch over 11 thousand dollars). There are a number of other papers too, talking about the vote counting system, and what candidates can or can't do in a variety of situations. Valuable information if you haven't done this before.
And on a CD, the list of eligible voters. Somewhere in the area of eight thousand names.
And that's where the work really begins, Going through the list, highlighting people you already know...and mapping out a strategy.
For me, that strategy is pretty simple. Mathematics tells me I have to reach out to about 200 people every day until October 27th. Yes, we have a small team, but the important thing is to try to talk to each and every voter. There's no replacement for that. Name recognition, sign placement, advertising aside, the personal touch means the most,
So when we come to your door, feel free to question, to challenge, and to discuss. And if you want to do that ahead of time, here I am.