A cornerstone of my campaign has been listening to the questions, concerns and priorities of West Carleton-March residents. The many ways I have done this includes an online survey asking voters for their views on topics ranging from quality of life in Ward 5 to the importance of having access closer to home to more transit, recreation, health and policing services.
To date a large majority of respondents have emphasized the importance of better transportation and improved connections to Ottawa’s transit system. This reflects what I’m also hearing as I go door to door. Residents of Ward 5 keep telling me about the challenges of living and working in a large rural ward with limited access to transit. It affects everyone: employees who work downtown, youth who need to get to jobs or sports activities, and seniors travelling to appointments.
I invite you to read a summary of the survey results so far and the news release. If you haven’t already done so please take a few minutes to complete the survey yourself. Your priorities matter to me!
And you can find out where I stand on these and many other issues here.
It’s now less than 2 weeks until election day on October 22 and my campaign’s momentum is really building! As I continue to engage with hundreds of residents on their doorsteps, during debates, at community events and online, my commitment to provide a strong, active, pragmatic and principled voice for all the citizens of West Carleton-March only grows stronger.
Late last week I publicly released my current list of campaign donations as a demonstration of my commitment to openness. Traditionally donor lists are only released after an election but I feel voters have the right to know who is supporting me financially before casting their ballots. I also called upon the other Ward 5 candidates to be equally transparent by releasing their donor lists prior to election day.
Making positive change a reality on October 22
I know I have the ideas and passion to win this election. But that won’t be enough. My main opponent’s campaigns have always been well funded – mostly by developers, homebuilders and construction companies that have business interests in the ward but who don’t necessarily live here.
To make positive change a reality for our ward and city on October 22 will require help, both monetary and volunteer. For example, to send a flyer presenting my platform in more detail to every household in West Carleton-March will cost $2,500. I also need more people to accompany me as I go door to door as well as to help out on election day.
If you haven’t already done so please consider making a financial contribution to my campaign. Visit www.judivargatoth.ca/donate where you will also find details about the City’s donation rebate program.
You can also sign up to volunteer here.
Kinburn all-candidates debate cancelled
I am disappointed to announce that my two opponents have declined to attend the final Ward 5 all-candidates debate scheduled for October 15 in Kinburn. Geographically West Carleton-March is the biggest ward in Ottawa and our residents deserve the chance to meet and question all the candidates as close to home as possible. I'm prepared to answer your questions anytime, anywhere in the final two weeks of the campaign. You can reach me at email@example.com
Host a meet-up
Want some more time with Judi? Have some neighbours you think she should meet? Then host a Kitchen Table Meet-Up! Invite 6 to 10 of your friends (who live in the ward) over for coffee. They can meet with Judi and share their priorities. For more details and to set up a time contact Angela: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance voting will take place this Friday, October 12th from 10am-8pm. To find the location nearest you visit the Election Ottawa website.
Dear friends and supporters,
As you have all heard, my family and I were at the heart of the Dunrobin tornado disaster. Over 50 of our neighbours have serious damage to their homes and over 30 will lose their houses entirely. Our community businesses have also been devastated. Many others on rural roads have also been badly hit, including farms. Our hearts go out to everyone as they rebuild their lives, farms and businesses. We must be sure to offer our help and support to all who need it. I am gathering information and offers of help and I will be actively engaging in fundraising and community rebuilding. Together we will get through this!
My family was fortunate to only have minor damage. I was at the Carp Fair when the tornado warning came and we all rushed to the arena to wait it out. My husband Jeff was at home when the tornado hit and he lay on the floor until it passed. He was out on the streets going door-to-door within 5 minutes, helping those who were trapped or devastated by the losses. He took care of a few young children while their mom, a paramedic, ran to help the injured. He also sheltered a student from West Carleton High School whose mom had been badly injured in front of his eyes.
Thanks to the incredible efforts of first responders, Ottawa Hydro and Hydro One workers and City of Ottawa staff we have now returned home. From the bottom of my heart I also want to thank friends and neighbours for your kind and generous help that has ranged from beds to sleep in to meals to offers to assist with clean-up.
For obvious reasons my election campaign went on the back burner because I have been completely focussed on what has happened to us and our neighbours. However, as things slowly return to normal my campaign team and I are regrouping. This evening I will, once again, be at the briefing at West and if there is an opportunity for volunteers to be useful this coming weekend I will be calling on all of you to join my family and I in helping. Stay tuned for another update in the next few days
With love and appreciation,
Judi (and her entire family)
I and my campaign team have been hard at work over the summer launching this website, knocking on hundreds of doors, attending dozens of community events, developing my platform and installing election signs.
But now with election in October fast approaching it’s time to move my campaign into high gear.
Please join me and my volunteers on September 17th at the Heart & Soul Café in Dunrobin for my official Campaign Kick-Off Celebration. Come learn more about my vision for West Carleton-March, make a donation, sign up to volunteer and request a sign.
Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP here.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 17th!
We are a unique ward, the largest in Ottawa with the smallest population. We are rural in character, yet most of us work in the city. We are a rapidly aging ward, but with many young families who are seeking the clean country air and affordable real estate with plenty of space for their children to thrive.
As a ward with huge amounts of fertile agricultural land, we need to do a better job of listening to and working with our farmers and producers, large and small. While they work harder and harder to produce, with changing climactic conditions, we need to ensure they can keep farming so we can keep accessing local food and other agricultural products. We also need to ensure prime agricultural land is preserved for future farming generations.
West Carleton-March has so much to offer, not only to our residents, but to all of the residents of the city. We have a large and expanding business sector, we have six growing schools, we have small villages with very engaged residents, we have the region's best farmers' market and fair. We also have unique assets like the Ottawa river, the beaches, Fitzroy Provincial Park, Camp Woolsey, Pinhey's Point, Torbolton Forest, the Diefenbunker, the Carp Ridge Hills, Morris Island Conservation Area, Carp River basin, the Bill Mason Centre and YMCA camp, to name a few.
During my campaign I look forward to hearing from many of you about what you think makes us special and how you think we can take advantage of 21st century ideas and innovation to preserve what is best in our ward while improving the things that need to be improved.