Thank you so much for your support over these last few months.
During my time on City Council and on my campaign, I’ve been focussed on being positive and sharing facts. Here are some of them:
Along with my councillor colleagues, I’ve put an end to taxpayer dollars subsidizing sprawl on the edges of the city and started investing those dollars back into our Ward 9 neighbourhoods.
We’ve found $375 million in savings in the City’s annual budget by finding efficiencies.
We’ve invested $180 million for a major facelift and transportation infrastructure upgrade on 17 Avenue SE and we’ve funded the Green Line ($4.53 billion).
We’ve strengthened our relationships with Calgary Police Service, Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) and our Bylaw Services partners to address crime and social disorder issues.
We’ve also focused on taking care of our most vulnerable neighbours by increasing access to affordable housing and public transit and introducing the Fair Entry and the Sliding Scale programs (which make it easier to access City programs based on your ability to pay).
We’ve saved money, supported small businesses, improved social supports and are laying the foundation for our city’s best future. Together, with our Ward 9 neighbours, we’ve made positive changes. We can’t afford to go backwards.
As you may have seen, heard and read, there are candidates in our ward who are campaigning on doing just that: taking us backwards. They want to stop transit projects like the Green Line and Bus Rapid Transit on 52 Street South-East, 16 Avenue North-East and Heritage Drive South and the 17 Avenue SE improvement project. They want to go back to the old days where our hard-earned tax dollars subsidized private profits.
They’re relying on misinformation and hoping that if they sow enough negativity that you will lose hope for building a better Calgary.
That’s wrong. East Calgary deserves better.
I’m proud of the campaign we’ve run. We’ve been positive. We’ve been truthful. We’ve been focused on what’s best for the Great Neighbourhoods of Ward 9.
In this election your vote will be a choice between building a city that is affordable, vibrant, economically diverse and pays for itself in the long-term or one that falls back into building a city that is unsustainable, where improvements to our Ward 9 neighbourhoods are few and far between.
If you’re with me, and the vision of building a city that makes sense for all of its residents, get your friends and neighbours to the polls and be sure to Vote Carra on Election Day, October 16.
Let’s continue building Great Neighbourhoods in Calgary, together.
Thank you for your support,
*Call me if you have any questions or you need any assistance finding or getting to the polls. You can reach me at 403-512-6043.