Kevin Wright, Candidate for Ward 2 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2010
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|Hamilton Municipal Election 2010
|I was born on May 21, 1978 in St. Catherine, Jamaica.
At the age of 10 I moved to Hamilton and attended our Lady of Lourdes elementary school.
During my teen years I attended St. Jean de Brebeuf high school and later graduated from Cathedral.
In 2001, I graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.A.
I then entered the Canadian Forces as an army officer in 2002.
In 2006, I deployed to Afghanistan for a 6 month tour with the Provincial Reconstruction Team, with the mission of helping Afghans rebuild their infrastructure.
In 2007, I was honourably discharged from the military.
I then graduated from Sheridan College with a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications in 2008.
Currently, I'm working for the Good Food Box Welland (a not-for-profit project aimed at helping poor and low income individuals eat more fresh produce).
On October 25, I hope to be your new councillor for the next 4 years.
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|Do you believe that poverty is the most critical issue facing Hamilton today? If so, please outline your solutions. If not, please explain your reasons.
|Absolutely, I believe that poverty is the most critical issue facing Hamilton. It affects so many people and so many areas of our society. It blows my mind that so many people don't understand that for each person we help out of poverty the rewards are ten-fold.
The people living in poverty or on social assistance who I've spoken to all tell me the same thing, THE SYSTEM IS BROKE. Once they get on it they become prisoners, it creates dependency and punishes them if they try to get off the system.
To solve this I will have people living in poverty advising and directing me on how the system must be fixed to help them. I will also bring people on social assistance, all three levels of government, and other stakeholders together to try and figure out ways to make the system more useful.
Another thing I'd like to do as councillor is to work with the supermarkets and City Hall to develop some kind of food voucher program strictly for people living in poverty. The fact is that the food banks don't always provide either enough food or good quality food. Finally, as councillor I'll work for a trades training/ educational program that allows people on social assistance to get employable skills without having their benefits affected while taking the training program.
|Will your term change people's first impression of Hamilton, and make that first impression more attractive to visitors, students, commuters and newcomers? If so, how?
|I intend to use my first term to make meaningful and lasting changes in people's lives. The people who I'm talking about are the residents of Ward 2 and the city. I want to show them that they can have a councillor who'll serve their needs and interests and who'll do everything, with-in the law, to get things done. I intend to show them that there is such a thing as an honest politician with honour, integrity, and a sense of service and duty to the people.
|For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not?
|I will not be accepting corporate and/or union donations.