The election campaign so far in Kitchissippi has been quite the race, with debates drawing standing room only crowds. But here’s the thing, those debates have almost exclusively attracted voters over the age of 30.
Young voters are out there, of course, although they may seem few and far between. Some choose to remain anonymous when approached, mostly for fear of seeming to be under informed. Overall, Kitchissippi residents in the 18-25 age group have expressed concerns that are very similar to those that played out in the debate venues.
Jeff Leiper and Katherine Hobbs are the two names that most young people recognized. Michelle Reimer’s name never came up despite the fact that her sign campaign has been a strong one.
Development is a top issue for many youth voters, whether it involves condos in Westboro or the LRT. The environment is also a big issue, as is park maintenance and making the ward better for cycling. Perhaps surprisingly, younger voters do not want to see neighbourhood character lost to overdevelopment.
Leiper is popular for his friendly attitude and is remembered for coming to the door to talk, and his unique sign campaign. Hobbs is recognized for her presence at so many local events.
We asked young voters about their biggest issues, and here’s what they told us:
Inform yourself! Other content in the 2014 election series includes:
- Your Kitchissippi Ward election quick reference card
- Video of the Oct.6 Kitchissippi all-candidate’s debate at St.George’s
- See what matters most to Kitchissippi’s community associations
- What are the biggest issues facing our community?
- Ward 15 candidates: where do they stand on the issues?