With the nomination process over, Mark Tweidt has emerged the sole candidate in by acclamation, claiming Ward 7.
Although it’s unlikely more of his campaign signs will be erected, don’t expect his door-to-door campaign throughout Ward 7 to end.
“I don’t think that just because you’re acclaimed that you shouldn’t campaign,” he said.
“I want to represent east hill … so I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people that want to talk to me, and I want them to know who I am.
“I like to campaign and I’ll still knock on doors. I still want to know what some of the voters’ concerns are.”
The concerns raised with Tweidt thus far have varied over a wide range of topics, though one of the key issues that sticks out for him is the need to make the community safer.
“We have a lot of areas that need to be cut and trimmed because there are a lot of issues with drug abuse,” he said, citing the street visibility of some areas as key to preventing such behaviour.
“I’ve looked after these things as a taxpayer and have rarely got a call back,” he said, leading into his next area of concern — city accountability.
It’s rare that when residents express concerns to the city that they get a response — something Tweidt hopes to improve on.
I don’t think that just because you’re acclaimed that you shouldn’t campaign ... I’ll still knock on doors. I still want to know what some of the voters’ concerns are. - Mark Tweidt, future Ward 7 councillor
“We expect to at least have a call back,” he said.
One area of concern specific to Ward 7 is potential land transfers and other efforts to help fill out vacant or abandoned land, such as closed down school properties.
With infrastructure already in place, he said, “I think it would be a great place to rejuvenate.”
Excited to enter council chambers later on this year, he hopes whatever council comes out of the Oct. 24 election will be more cohesive than the group that currently occupies council chambers.
“I believe very much in co-operation and I’m just a little tired of the way city hall fights and I don’ t think there’s room for that,” he said.
“I see so many things that are going to open up and develop. I think we’re going to have an incredible, incredible city and I’m just proud to be part of it.”
Ward 7 makes up the area southbound from the hill at 17th Street, between Central Avenue and Sixth Avenue East. The ward is currently served by Coun. Darren Whitehead, who was not available for comment on Wednesday.