I am not sure how I managed not to write this two months ago, but somehow I never did write it.
Justin Stephenson is running for Victoria City Council and he is a stellar candidate. Here are some of the reasons why I am a fan:
He has more real business experience than anyone that has ever served on a council in the CRD. He was a managing partner with RBC Capital Partners. We need people that understand the needs of innovative emerging businesses on our councils. It also can not hurt the region to have a man with his business connections sitting on a council
He now works on using the methods and skills he learned as a venture capitalist to effect real change through social enterprises. I believe that harnessing market forces to change the world for the better is the fastest way will see meaningful and lasting change.
He has a vision for Victoria that includes being the best. This matters a lot to me.
Many candidates talk about financial accountability and transparency, he has some concrete ideas on how to achieve it - Justin makes the points this video:
He is a pragmatist. He is not some ideological right winger or left winger, but someone that believes in stewarding our resources and making good decisions that are supported by the public
He listens. I meet a lot of candidates that run for local office (this time around it is somewhere in the range of 70 in person) and few listen as well as he does. How I know? Because he asks the questions that show he is taking in what I said and making sure he understands what I said. On the current city council only Chris Coleman and Lisa Helps come close to listening as well as he does.
I could go on, but since I am behind on a number of these profiles I will leave it at this. On Saturday make Justin Stephenson one of your choices for Victoria Council.