For Immediate Release — September 27, 2016

We’re Running for Everyone – New Voices, New Ideas, New Faces!

This year’s municipal elections aren’t your typical elections that offer little chance of change from the status quo. This time around, there are candidates who truly are looking to represent everyone.

Voter turnout for elections at all levels of government has been in decline for years, and nowhere is that more true than at the municipal level. The voter turnout for the HRM city council elections was below 37% in both 2008 and 2012. Barely 4 in 10 eligible voters determined who governs our city.

Halifax, like other municipalities, has made attempts to engage voters by making it easier to vote through advance polls, campus polls and e-voting. However, studies on voter engagement reveal that the most common answers given by those who didn’t vote is lack of interest, a sense of powerlessness, and a dissatisfaction with the candidates running for office.

These answers should not come as a surprise. When looking at what’s presented during most elections, it’s easy to believe that politicians are all the same or that change will never come. Stale rhetoric and buzzwords are commonplace and the focus on the interests of narrow demographics is often poorly disguised. When the average candidate for the Halifax Regional Council receives a third of their campaign contributions from developers, it’s hard to believe that the concerns of the average person matter as much as the interests of the development industry.

This year, things are different. The 2016 list of candidates in many districts includes community leaders who are running for office in order to represent those left behind by establishment politicians.

Carlos Beals, Gabriel Enxuga, Shelley Fashan, and Lindell Smith are running for council with a focus on the need for affordable housing and services, poverty elimination, environmental sustainability, real action against racism, and meaningful citizen participation in budgeting and urban development.

Don’t miss the opportunity. Reach out to us to ask about our visions. Vote and help us shake things up at city council.

This statement is available in PDF format by clicking here.

Carlos Beals

Gabriel Enxuga

Shelley Fashan

Lindell Smith

Media contacts:

Sébastien Labelle
(902) 223-8341

Jackie Barkley
(902) 454-5784 (902) 221-7037 (cell)