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I had no plan to vote in this years election, wasnt excited about any of the candidates and being newer to Calgary I admit I kind of didnt care, and dont really like living here at all. Then I read moreand heard more about Naheed and got excted and passionate about voting and tellin people who I was for. Thank goodness he won because now Calgary seems more exciting to me and I feel like for once the canidate I voted for won and that makes me proud to be living in this city!
My personal reasons for voting for Naheed Nenshi, started of with my husband giving donations to Ric McIver at the beginning of the campaign.
We were not happy McIver he was part of the problem at city hall, first Tracy McTaggert & the budget, & then The East Village Project put the icing on the cake.
Emailed the Nenshi purple revolution, & became a Vollunteer. We learned he was just like Ralph Klein a real people person, fun loving honest with fresh new ideas, & believed in what he stood for with the most beautiful smile.
A new Mayor a Harvard graduate really believed that Naheed would do the best job for the citizens of Calgary. When voted on October 18th at 2:00 p.m. knew that moment in time that Naheed had won the Mayors seat.
Naheed we both wish you all the best luck, everyone who was out Vollunteering was so passionate & we all
knew that you would become Calgary's next mayor.
There is not a better candidate than Naheed. He will make our city a better place to live and work.
He has provided an intellectual perspective while debating issues and on going patience with the competition.
I first met Naheed in 1991 at the University of Calgary Debate Society. Back then, he was already a great speaker with the ability to think on his feet. When I started to hear him on CBC radio and read his ideas about Calgary in the Herald many years later, I was glad to discover that he was still around - and I liked his comments very much. It was over a year ago that I heard him speaking about the importance of getting some better public transit to the Calgary airport. Back then, I thought, "if only someone who thought like this could be making the decisions at City Hall!"
When I saw the campaign to "draft Nenshi" to run for mayor back in the spring, I jumped right in. Since then I've only been impressed with Nenshi's campaign, his ability to motivate and inspire people to think and work hard, and his solid grasp of so many specific issues from all over this enormous city. After all this hard work campaigning, Naheed came to a coffee party at my place this Saturday night to speak to a packed house. I got the feeling that, even if he wasn't on the campaign trail, he would feel the same passion for fixing the problems our city faces. That's a drive that is unmatched by the other candidates. What an opportunity to take Calgary in a better direction! After growing up in this city and feeling pretty cynical about civic politics, I was very glad to vote for Nenshi.
Nenshi is smarter, he's a consensus builder, he hasn't been part of the problem for the last nine years, he's an authority on the future of cities, he's consulted on major change efforts for blue chip corporations, especially to help them become more customer focused, and having met him last week I can now say I will vote for him. In the early days, I doubted his ability to execute: "Great ideas, but can you deliver...?" But having met him and listened to him speak more, I find him to be down to earth, pragmatic, and aware of what will be required to make things happen. Calgary deserves an awesome, smart, interesting mayor like Nenshi!
It's kind of funny that I first got interested in the Mayoral race when Barb Higgins announced her candidacy. That day back in late July, I decided to do a bit of research on the mayoral candidates. I was surprised to find that Barb's website was really weak in content at that time. I also found out that Naheed Nenshi was running for Mayor.
I had seen Nenshi on Global News as an expert commentator at City Council meetings but didn't know his name or anything about the man. I always thought he seemed really smart and I agreed with his thoughts on many city issues.
Once I read his website, I was pretty much sold, and after reading the other candidates sites, some of which really need to be proofread, I knew who I would support. But what impressed me was his background: Professor of Non-Profit Management at Mount Royal University, Chair of Epcor Centre for Performing Arts, Consultant with McKinsey & Co., Harvard degree in Pubic Policy etc.
I confess I do enjoy filling in online forms, so it wasn't long before I filled in the form to go to one of the volunteer orientation meetings. I was so impressed by the volunteers there! Jammed into the basement of the Glamorgan Community Centre were people from all different age groups and backgrounds. I was inspired by some of their stories and by Naheed, his campaign manager Chima and the the enthusiastic campaign coordinators. Before long I was delivering purple signs all over the south side.
I really believe Naheed has better ideas for our city. That's why I voted for Naheed Nenshi!
When the campaign started, I supported another candidate for mayor. But, as the campaign unfolded, one candidate stood head and shoulders above the rest, in terms of knowledge of city governance, thoughtful policy proposals and awareness/sensitivity to peoples' problems and needs. Naheed Nenshi has my vote, for the good of the city in the years ahead.
I love that you seem to be looking out for the underdogs. The situation with taxi drivers bothers me a lot - as you mentioned, no one can get a cab when they need one, and yet the drivers themselves are barely making enough to get by on? There's something very wrong with that.
I want a mayor who is aware of the under-35 population, and those who make less than 6 figures. I'm not convinced that either of the other 2 contenders gives a care about either of those groups of Calgarians.
Naheed Nenshi is a passionate Calgarian, a business professional and a community leader with a solid track record of getting things done. His success has been based on listening to the best information and then acting decisively. He's advised corporate leaders around the world as a consultant with McKinsey & Company and was Chair of the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts. Today he runs his own consulting business, whose clients have included The Gap and the United Nations and he is a professor of Nonprofit Management at Mount Royal University.
Naheed grew up in Calgary. He holds a business degree from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a well-known media commentator on civic issues with a column in the Calgary Herald and on CBC Radio. Naheed was also named to Calgary's Top 40 under 40.