Comment 117156

By JasonL (registered) | Posted March 22, 2016 at 17:26:19

One of the biggest take-aways for me in this election was the showing by JP Danko.
HIs platform was very much in line with the things Ryan is writing about in this piece. Here is why I think his close 2nd is a very interesting sign: he had no name recognition coming in. Larry DiIanni had him in the 'other' grouping of candidates in favour of those with name recognition. Donna absolutely won a huge % of votes from people who couldn't tell you one thing in her platform. Danko on the other hand saw his support climb in direction correlation to his platform resonating with area residents. You could easily argue that his was the most voted-for platform in this election.

Donna should pay attention to that, realizing that a huge number of voters share his ideas of city building.

More importantly, those residents need to stay engaged. Problems arise when everyone goes back home for 4 years leaving a councillor to only hear from the same 17 people all the time (yes, I'm looking at you Westcliffe Mall).

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