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#Iwantamayorwho: Follow this hashtag!

October 15, 2010

Greetings all and pardon the delay in blogging, tweeting, etc.

My humans are hitched and I have regained access to the family Mac, so let the blogging begin again!

With the election day less than two weeks away, this pug has some work to do in terms of catching up! Luckily, there have been some amazing tweeps who have been Crushing It! Today, we want to highlight the best example of citizen engagement from this municipal election to date, the #Iwantamayorwho hashtag from @hellokaitlin.

If you haven’t been following the #Iwantamayorwho hashtag, then you need to start following it yesterday. Why should you follow this hashtag? It’s pretty simple – communities are built on conversations. This hashtag is the best example of facilitating this conversation.

Here are a few recent examples:

josh_greenberg #iwantamayorwho is contemplative, listens to others, encourages talk, and isn’t prone to outrageous bursts of rhetorical nonsense #OTTvote

PSchammy #IWantAMayorWho is not afraid of saying things that we might not want to hear.

andrealeegrant #iwantamayorwho has a compelling vision of convenient, comfortable, and affordable public transit… and is effective enough to sell it

hellokaitlin #iwantamayorwho isn’t going to pretend that they can cut our city’s deficit without raising taxes and/or affecting services.

Can you believe that so much awesome could fit into 140 characters or less? This pug is continually blown away by the quality and passion consistently displayed by Ottawans. If elected mayor, my communications team will be monitoring this idea around the clock and responding to the feedback provided. How is this promise different from any other political promise? Other mayoral candidates don’t seem as invested in the potential of this specific twitter stream. If you will excuse a temporary sentence or two of bluntness, some mayoral candidate(s) rebuke the value of #iwantamayorwho by claiming that a single item political platform is sufficient.

No one can argue that the current mayoral candidates are great communicators. All have policy papers, platforms, copious time in front of all of media, but how many of them are bringing their A game when it comes to listening and engaging with citizens? #iwantamayor provides a stellar opportunity for mayoral candidates to participate in a conversation with citizens who are charged up and looking to participate.

Puggy high five to @hellokaitlin for this EPIC idea.  This is a hashtag that I cannot turn my little, bulging eyes away from.

Puggy high fives to you all.

Cleo and scribe.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan McCarthy permalink
    October 15, 2010 7:03 pm

    Met Jim Watson in the market recently; he was playing with his blackberry. Probably tweeting.. Anyways, I marched right up to him and said “Hello, Mr. Watson. Tell why I should vote for you”. He was a bit taken aback but he recovered quickly and gave me the major points of his platform. I thanked him and gave him my business card and said “I’m looking for a job, too!” There’s something about being a dragon boater that gives you that devil may care attitude!

    • October 15, 2010 7:36 pm

      Puggy high five to you on the gusto Sue. It’s that type of passion and attitude that Ottawa needs to move forward. Paddles up! Paddle hard!

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