It's really hard to give recommendations right now, as it's really early in the campaign. Most candidates that you line up against each other will have vaguely similar-sounding policy lines, and it would take far to long to do an analysis of their individual media posts to really dig out the differences. A lot of firm policy positions won't be hashed out until we've had a few town halls. However, I can give you the surface-level stuff as a jump-off point.
Background: Manning Centre, Israel Studies (University of Calgary)
Take-away: Wants to limit municipal spending, doesn't like the Public Art policy, doesn't like the southwest BRT, was a critic of bike lanes, wants the city to limit and hold a vote on every In Camera meeting, doesn't want an Olympic bid. This is your guy if you like someone who retweets Conservatives all the time, sees pretty much the entire urban environment as a product of a "flawed" (he really likes that word) liberal ideology, and has never held a real job outside a think tank. He's been getting his positions out for a few years now and could be considered the frontrunner.
Background: Vibrant Calgary, Shaw Communications
Take-away: Wants the bridge over the Weaselhead (SWRR) to be re-thought, for poverty reduction strategies, supports existing flood mitigation plans and Springbank reservoir, supports "gentle" densification, TOD, and mixed-use development. She's spent a lot of time in the non-profit sector (she was in HR at Shaw btw), and supported many of Cllr Pincott's motions, including the vote to establish an Indigenous Relations office.
Background: Acadia Community Association, Vision Zero Calgary
Take-away: Keith is an outgoing CA president, and his platform (if you can call it that) boils down to two things right now: reduce traffic fatalities to zero, and make people generally healthier. As such, he's for things like traffic calming measures, reducing speed limits, etc. He also has a pretty epic beard.
Background: Councillor's office (Ward 11), Good Earth franchisee
Take-away: Having worked as Community Liaison for Brian Pincott, Robert has insider knowledge of the office. He supports secondary suites, is against an Olympic bid unless the public benefit is made absolutely clear, sees housing affordability as a top priority, strongly supports public art spending. He also seems to have support from Cllr Farrell.
Background: Business owner, Calgary-Glenmore MLA (2012-2015)
Take-away: An actual politician in the bunch, Linda was a PC MLA for a three year stint before losing the seat to the NDP in 2015. Her platform is not well defined at the moment but she's supported improvements to the City's permit notice posting, due diligence on the Olympic bid exploration, and places as her priorities improving civic engagement processes and making sure flood mitigation projects get built.
Background: Entrepreneur/Business owner, Rutland Park/Currie Barracks Community Association
Take-away: Wayne is also a former CA president. He supports stronger consultation on radio tower siting, wants the city to re-tool it's engagement platforms, supports limiting operational spending, supports Council direction on Green Line, supports Vic Park arena with caveats (wants more engagement about funding). This is your middle of the road candidate that's not particularly liberal or conservative, and seems to care somewhat about the downtown communities being pulled into Ward 11. He might be your tie-breaker on a contentious vote.
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