Lindsey Coyle has called Airdrie home for 10 years and moved here a decade ago with her young family.
The former owner of Airdrie Exchange ran for council in 2017 and says she’s put her name in the hat again because she has a “deep desire to create positive change in Airdrie and beyond. She says she believes in democracy, which by design is meant to unite the people.
- Why are you running for office?
I want to revive people’s faith in the system and governance and build structures to enhance engagement, transparency, and accountability. To connect our community as I envision, it is a full-time endeavour and that is why I am running for mayor.
- How will you help to make Airdrie a better place to live, work and play?
The opportunity we have right here, right now is to create a better normal and that will take making progress in inches, not miles to start. If we made it easier to put on events (in Airdrie), it would increase our arts and culture, attract more people to come to Airdrie and better connect our community. We have great venues and we need to encourage better use of them.
- What is the most important issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
There are many and the one that I am focusing my attention on during the election is to increase voter turnout and engagement. We need to meet people where they are at and I want to introduce quarterly townhall meetings that are two hours long and recap of key issues in the last quarter as well as an introduction to what is coming up. (I want to) give people direction on how they can access resources and contribute their voice to the process.
- How do you plan to be transparent and accountable to your constituents?
I want to introduce a structure that will provide both transparency and accountability of the council, it’s called PAR the Politician Accountability Record. Along the lines of what a report card is; it will be a live document that records what committee and boards a politician is on, their attendance record, voting record for key issues, the pages of required reading and their attendance to community events. This record is meant to increase the public’s confidence that their elected officials are there to serve them.
- Why should residents vote for you?
I am an outspoken, community minded and politically engaged person, who believes we can have difficult conversations with civility and respect. I believe having the conversations about the subjects people are divided or upset about will require someone willing to wade into the discomfort. My commitment is to lead myself with integrity and serve the people of Airdrie to the best of my ability.