I think elections should be treated like job interviews. If I were interviewing a candidate for a potential spot on my municipal council I would likely ask the following questions.
Please tell me about the moment when you decided to run for council?
So far, any regrets with throwing your name into the competition?
Let’s cover some broad themes.
- Quality of life:
What will you do to keep this part of the world liveable?
How will you make this a place that can sustain jobs?
How can you make this a place that can support the needs of an aging community?
How will you balance the needs of tourists with the needs of seasonal residents?
If we have no say in how much we pay for policing will you at least advocate for the kind of policing we might want? Things like trail patrols and foot patrols?
Will you advocate for officers to get out from behind the tinted windows and walk through our communities, building trust and relationships?
(admittedly this is a leading question)
How will you communicate with your constituents?
How will you encourage more input and community engagement?
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