So, here we are in Municipal Election 2018.
As I noted and stated clearly late last year, it was my intention to run this time around for Regional Council. I truly believe what I have learned over the course of 18 years in my role here in Lincoln prepares me well for this challenge.
I will be using my blog (www.robfoster.ca) over the course of this election to talk about issues of concern to our municipality and the Region that have to be addressed, which include:
- traffic issues, particularly truck traffic coming off the escarpment, that need to be resolved
- affordable housing and the needs of many in Lincoln who are in need of options as they age or younger who are looking to stay in our community
- fixing the region, with all that it entails
Further, I will also spend time with this blog talking about election campaigns themselves — what we as candidates go through.
My hope is that I will provide some insight into the electoral process, plus give people a really good idea of the goals we need to accomplish over the next four years at Niagara Region.
As most are aware, I have been honoured to be an elected Councillor in the Town of Lincoln for close to 18 years. And, wow, it has been an amazing journey.
I have had the opportunity to work with three very different Mayors — Ray Konkle, Bill Hodgson, and Sandra Easton. Each had/has their areas of strength and all have, in their own way, been good leaders for our Municipality.
Lincoln is on a phenomenal path — we have solid leadership at the senior and CAO level, we have a Council that really has its act together, we have a business community that is investing in our municipality, and we have exciting projects that are coming up that will really put our Town on the map.
On a personal level, I have been debating on a 2018 political change. Of course, much will depend on what Bill Hodgson decides to do, but I am thinking if running for Niagara Region as Lincoln’s Councillor, should the opportunity presents itself.
Niagara Region requires change. It requires a move away from the crazy political drama. It requires focus. It requires Councillors who understand their role. And it requires a collaborative approach with Muncipalities to make Niagara the best that it can be.
More to come in the new year.
Season’s Greetings 🙂