You will shape the future of Hamilton with your vote

Opinion Oct 23, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Next Monday is the big night. The one we’ve all been waiting for. It’s the night where Hamilton voters will choose the direction the city will take for the next four years. So be sure to educate yourself and get out and cast your ballot.

I know, there are many out there who think that their vote won’t matter, or that their issues will be ignored no matter who gets elected, but I’m here to tell you that isn’t the case.

It’s not because I’m some romantic democrat who believes that everyone in politics always does the right thing for the right reason, but rather because I know that our readers have the ultimate power to set the city’s agenda at the ballot box.

Doing a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation, based on votes cast in the 2010 municipal election, about 70 per cent of the total ballots came from communities served by Hamilton Community News newspapers.

Just let that sink in for a moment. The overwhelming majority of those who chose to vote in Hamilton last time out live in the wards that cover Ancaster, Dundas, the Mountain and Stoney Creek. That gives our readers, such as yourself, the power not only to sway the result of next week’s election, but to ensure that your needs, whatever they may be, will be met.

Far from being voiceless, you and your neighbours not only have a voice, but the strongest voice in the city.

What you do with that voice is up to you, but it’s only effective if you choose to use it. You can set the agenda, not the candidates, not the media, not some special interest group. You and your community.

That’s the power of democracy.

This election is your chance to put forth your vision for the Hamilton of the future. You have the power to tell those looking for your vote to go jump in the lake if their vision conflicts with yours. You don’t have to resign yourself to the fact that you’ll be forced to live in a city that ignores you.

Now, I understand that our readers don’t vote as a block and that the needs of one community can be quite different from the needs of another, but because of the strength of our collective voice you can demand of your candidates action on the issues facing your community.

The future belongs to those who participate and choose to make their voices heard. If you miss it, you won’t have this power again for four more years.

Remember, you are the majority and you have no reason to keep silent.

— Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

If you are still undecided as to who you will vote for, check out all our local and citywide election coverage at: www.hamiltonnews.com/tag/municipalelection2014. Also be sure to keep an eye on both our website and our Twitter feeds for the latest results and comments from both the winners and losers in all the key local races.

You will shape the future of Hamilton with your vote

Opinion Oct 23, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Next Monday is the big night. The one we’ve all been waiting for. It’s the night where Hamilton voters will choose the direction the city will take for the next four years. So be sure to educate yourself and get out and cast your ballot.

I know, there are many out there who think that their vote won’t matter, or that their issues will be ignored no matter who gets elected, but I’m here to tell you that isn’t the case.

It’s not because I’m some romantic democrat who believes that everyone in politics always does the right thing for the right reason, but rather because I know that our readers have the ultimate power to set the city’s agenda at the ballot box.

Doing a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation, based on votes cast in the 2010 municipal election, about 70 per cent of the total ballots came from communities served by Hamilton Community News newspapers.

Just let that sink in for a moment. The overwhelming majority of those who chose to vote in Hamilton last time out live in the wards that cover Ancaster, Dundas, the Mountain and Stoney Creek. That gives our readers, such as yourself, the power not only to sway the result of next week’s election, but to ensure that your needs, whatever they may be, will be met.

Far from being voiceless, you and your neighbours not only have a voice, but the strongest voice in the city.

What you do with that voice is up to you, but it’s only effective if you choose to use it. You can set the agenda, not the candidates, not the media, not some special interest group. You and your community.

That’s the power of democracy.

This election is your chance to put forth your vision for the Hamilton of the future. You have the power to tell those looking for your vote to go jump in the lake if their vision conflicts with yours. You don’t have to resign yourself to the fact that you’ll be forced to live in a city that ignores you.

Now, I understand that our readers don’t vote as a block and that the needs of one community can be quite different from the needs of another, but because of the strength of our collective voice you can demand of your candidates action on the issues facing your community.

The future belongs to those who participate and choose to make their voices heard. If you miss it, you won’t have this power again for four more years.

Remember, you are the majority and you have no reason to keep silent.

— Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

If you are still undecided as to who you will vote for, check out all our local and citywide election coverage at: www.hamiltonnews.com/tag/municipalelection2014. Also be sure to keep an eye on both our website and our Twitter feeds for the latest results and comments from both the winners and losers in all the key local races.

You will shape the future of Hamilton with your vote

Opinion Oct 23, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Next Monday is the big night. The one we’ve all been waiting for. It’s the night where Hamilton voters will choose the direction the city will take for the next four years. So be sure to educate yourself and get out and cast your ballot.

I know, there are many out there who think that their vote won’t matter, or that their issues will be ignored no matter who gets elected, but I’m here to tell you that isn’t the case.

It’s not because I’m some romantic democrat who believes that everyone in politics always does the right thing for the right reason, but rather because I know that our readers have the ultimate power to set the city’s agenda at the ballot box.

Doing a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation, based on votes cast in the 2010 municipal election, about 70 per cent of the total ballots came from communities served by Hamilton Community News newspapers.

Just let that sink in for a moment. The overwhelming majority of those who chose to vote in Hamilton last time out live in the wards that cover Ancaster, Dundas, the Mountain and Stoney Creek. That gives our readers, such as yourself, the power not only to sway the result of next week’s election, but to ensure that your needs, whatever they may be, will be met.

Far from being voiceless, you and your neighbours not only have a voice, but the strongest voice in the city.

What you do with that voice is up to you, but it’s only effective if you choose to use it. You can set the agenda, not the candidates, not the media, not some special interest group. You and your community.

That’s the power of democracy.

This election is your chance to put forth your vision for the Hamilton of the future. You have the power to tell those looking for your vote to go jump in the lake if their vision conflicts with yours. You don’t have to resign yourself to the fact that you’ll be forced to live in a city that ignores you.

Now, I understand that our readers don’t vote as a block and that the needs of one community can be quite different from the needs of another, but because of the strength of our collective voice you can demand of your candidates action on the issues facing your community.

The future belongs to those who participate and choose to make their voices heard. If you miss it, you won’t have this power again for four more years.

Remember, you are the majority and you have no reason to keep silent.

— Gordon Cameron is Group Managing Editor for Hamilton Community News.

If you are still undecided as to who you will vote for, check out all our local and citywide election coverage at: www.hamiltonnews.com/tag/municipalelection2014. Also be sure to keep an eye on both our website and our Twitter feeds for the latest results and comments from both the winners and losers in all the key local races.