It’s official! After careful consideration, meeting with dozens of community leaders and consulting with people who read this blog and follow me on Twitter…I am a candidate to be the new Ward 10 Councillor for the City of Kitchener!
I’m thrilled with the enthusiasm I have witnessed so far. I’m excited to participate as a first-time candidate in the democratic process.
My formal announcement follows.
Well Known Community Advocate and Ward 10 Resident Seeks Vacant Council Seat
James Howe vows to help make Ward 10 and Kitchener even stronger
Kitchener – James Howe today announced his candidacy to replace outgoing councillor Dan Glenn-Graham on Kitchener City Council representing Ward 10.
Howe, 49, has called Ward 10 home for the vast majority of his life. He is a married father of two children ages 7 and 5. He owns a full service communications firm Communicate & Howe! — specializing in enhancing the communications capacity of nonprofits in Waterloo Region and beyond.
He is a member of the Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association’s executive.
Howe declared his top priority as a member of Council will be to continue building a healthy Kitchener.
“I love Kitchener so much that I’m constantly thinking about how we can make our great city even better. Striving to be a healthy community is a continuous process. We move towards that vision when the city makes decisions and takes actions on its diverse range of responsibilities that are consistent with the intent of improving the quality of life for all of us,” explained Howe.
“For example, how do we deal with growth through intensification? Will we have successful public places or affordable housing downtown? Do people feel safe and connected to their community?”
Howe’s vast experience advocating for a better city will serve Ward 10 residents well.
He recently participated as a community representative on the Region of Waterloo’s Waste Management Master Plan Stakeholder Group. As a member for two years of Compass Kitchener — an advisory committee to city council, he was involved in finalizing the city’s strategic vision and initiating a youth forum. He developed his commitment to being “smart on crime” while on the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and its community relations subcommittee.
Prior to launching his own firm, Howe worked as Director of Communications for the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo and at Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank – that city’s largest organization collecting, buying and distributing food to people experiencing hunger.
He also served on Parliament Hill as Executive Assistant to Dr. John English — former Kitchener MP and prominent Canadian historian.
“Based on my varied experience working in government, in the non-profit sector and as a small business owner I understand that strong, healthy neighbourhoods are the building blocks of a healthy community,” said Howe. “So I look forward to working with people across Ward 10 to enhance their neighbourhoods — both through formal neighbourhood associations and informal grassroots initiatives.”
“In making decisions at City Hall I will use three essential touchstones by asking on all issues:
- Is the proposal financially responsible?
- Is it environmentally sustainable?
- Does it help or harm our local economy and create or risk opportunities for good jobs?”
“I will also continue to seek ways to more meaningfully engage citizens and ensure they feel heard when they are engaged. Civic participation is a crucial part of the information required by councilors to make the best decisions,” Howe said.
“Over the coming months, I look forward to discussing Kitchener’s future with the residents of Ward 10.”
A formal campaign launch is anticipated in the spring.
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To learn more, contact:James Howe firstname.lastname@example.org 519-589-9597 @jamesN2H jameshowe.ca