It's time for change.
It's time for a Better Aurora!
Hi, I'm Chris Ballard and I am running to be Mayor of Aurora.
I believe our community deserves better. We deserve an effective job strategy for our town…one that attracts big and small business; one that plans for those entering the market for the first time and those who want to enhance their retirement income. We need a housing strategy for younger people and seniors in Aurora … and one that provides flexibility for long-time residents who want to downsize.
We cannot afford to have our neighbourhoods taken over by monster homes, approved thoughtlessly or with little planning. We need leadership in place to protect us from unnecessary or exorbitant property tax hikes and expenditures brought about by poor decision-making and lack of oversight or foresight.
Sound management and public accountability happens by design, not by chance. Aurora deserves a mayor who is open, accessible and who listens to YOU.
I’ve lived in this area all my life. My wife and I moved to Aurora more than 32 years ago and raised our family here. I have owned and operated a business here. My first job was as a reporter for both the Aurora Banner and Newmarket Era. I am not new to municipal politics, having been Chair of the town's Economic Development Advisory Committee, and as an Aurora Councillor before becoming the local Member of Provincial Parliament and a Member of Cabinet.
What all my experience has taught me is that communities thrive when their local leaders communicate with, and listen to, residents. Not just every four years at election time, but constantly and regularly and with purpose.
Whether it’s the town budget, holiday shopping or preserving our historic downtown – you deserve to have a chance for input so decisions create a community that makes you proud.
Considerate planning, open communication, an interest in bringing innovation and creativity to council will be what I bring to the table. My commitment is to listen to you. Refreshing, thoughtful decision-making is my promise. It is time for change.
I ask for your vote, Chris Ballard for a better Aurora.
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