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Sign Of The Times

Updated: Aug 20

Upon deciding to run for city council, I had numerous discussions with individuals with extensive political knowledge and backgrounds. Many of the people I spoke to have, and are currently running campaigns in various forms of government. These people provided me with a wealth of knowledge and useful tips that I could use in order to run a successful campaign. However, some of my interactions were not as positive as I had hoped.

One thing I've learned early on in this new venture is that having thick skin is an essential asset in the political journey, this is my armor and I will wear it with pride. Some told me that running for city council would be a waste of time, and others told me that the funds associated with a campaign would greatly outweigh the benefits. I was told that it would be next to impossible for me to over take the popularity of the incumbent I am running against. These comments though censorious, have been inspiring. I am motivated now, more than ever to be the change that so many wish to see.I have always seen myself as a bit of a rebel. If I am told that I am incapable of accomplishing a task, I do everything in my power to disprove the accusation. I am a fighter that is always up for a challenge. The constituents of Edmonton's Nakota Isga can hold me to that.

Door knocking thus far has been a huge success. The vast majority of folks that I have had the pleasure of meeting during the early stages of my campaign are feeling refreshed by the idea of a new voice for their communities. One of the most important goals I have in running this campaign, is to introduce myself personally to everyone in my ward. I want to be the truthful and authentic voice for the people I represent. So many people that I have spoken with are frustrated by having their concerns labelled as unimportant or unrealistic.

This new venture of mine will not be easy, I have thrown myself completely out of my comfort zone but I am resilient, industrious and confident. Showing my son, along with so many others in the younger generations that hard work pays off, and that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to is so important to me. However, I am at a point now where I am beginning to feel the financial strain of running a campaign.

Donations have been few and far between, I am resourceful and have made sure that every dollar I recieve is used wisely and appropriately. You won't see my face plastered on the side of my vehicle, but I am hoping that you see my name on signs throughout your neighborhood in the coming week. If you would like one of these signs, please reach out! I know that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit everyone incredibly hard, so many Edmontonian's are stretched far too thin trying to make ends meet. I want to be able to spend the next four years ensuring that the people in our amazing city can take a sigh of relief, and trust in their municipal government. I know now that I cannot do this without your help. If you are able to, please consider donating to my campaign and help me, help you. It's time for the underdog to come out on top, it's time for your voice to be heard, it's time for change.

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