Election 2013 questionnaire response: Sam Hachem, Ward 4

[We sent your questions to all the Election 2013 candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Sam Hachem, candidate for Ward 4
Sam Hachem, candidate for Ward 4

1. In the context of our City’s growth, how will you support the development of existing communities as opposed to new neighbourhoods?


Its important to have a better balance of development throughout the city, older neighborhoods and newer neighborhoods. I have noticed alot of concern from citizens regarding the older neighborhoods not recieving enough attention and the city building out. I’m sure we can find a good balance of development so that the city can continue to grow as it will, and also maintain and look at ways to continually improve older areas.

2. How will you support and promote independent locally-owned businesses in Edmonton?


Supporting local business is extremely important. In order to best help in this regard, I would start by speaking to as many local business owners as possible so that we could source out the best ideas from the people that are involved in it everyday.

3. How will you support local food and urban agriculture in Edmonton?


I plan on speaking with the principal planner so that I can get a better idea of how far the city has and is willing to help(ed).

4. How will you address Indigenous Edmontonians’ history and needs?


History is very important to this city and this is a matter that I will look more into and discuss at a later date.

5. How do you envision the public transit system evolution?


The transit system is evolving quickly and its important to plan properly around it. If its evolution can help promote more interior development, then that could be a very good thing. For example, more inner city stops would make for more developers wanting to build in those areas so that there is housing close to LRT stops.

6. What will you do to better engage post-secondary research / students / faculty with the rest of the community?


I would volunteer to get in and speak with post-secondary students on the topic of the importance of being engaged in the Political agendas of the city.

7. Councillor candidates: What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What solutions would you seek?


Reputation and infrastructure. I totally believe that we need to improve the repuation of the northeast side of the city. I believe it is a beautiful area and it is a great place for young families and buinesses to set up shop. I plan to promote to get more businesses to set up shop in the northeast and that in turn will attract more families.

8. How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?


info@votesamhachem.com or samh81@hotmail.com