By Paul W. Fitzgerald
It will be all about lights, camera and action on Monday night (September 27, 2010) for Dave Bedini, a lifelong resident of Ward 2.
Bedini, who announced last August that he is vying for the Ward 2 seat at Burlington City Hall, will take part in a live Question & Answer session that will be broadcast in real time on Livestream and YouTube. He is the first political candidate ever running for municipal politics to host a live broadcast on the two popular social networking sites.
“I am pleased to be making history and I want everyone to tune in online so we can all communicate our ideas together,” says Bedini.
The live session, Meet Dave Bedini: Lifelong Resident of Ward 2, will start at 7:30 PM.
For those wishing to point and click and meet Bedini on Monday night, please visit the following links: (Livestream) www.livestream.com/davebedini and (YouTube) www.youtube.com/davebedini.
The interview with Bedini will be conducted by an independent broadcaster who is not associated with the campaign, nor any campaign. Bedini will also be taking questions from voters. Everyone is encouraged to send their questions to: [email protected]
While Bedini has been meeting with hundreds of voters, he knows this live broadcast will allow more people to get involved in the campaign and municipal politics.
“I have been hearing from what everyone wants at City Hall: change,” he says during an interview. “The reason I am hosting this live online Q & A is to effectively communicate my ideas and of course to learn more from the people who live in Ward 2.”
“The more we communicate means we plan a better future for Burlington together,” he says.
Bedini will also be hosting more online Question and Answer sessions before voters take to the polls this October 25, 2010. When elected, Bedini will continue to utilize social media as another tool to also remain fully connected with the citizens he will represent at City Hall. Since launching his campaign, Bedini has been active in meeting voters and hosting events throughout Ward 2.
“Technology is a powerful tool in the quest to ensure citizens are engaged on topics of importance,” he says. “I want to make City Hall even more accessible and when elected I will continue working to find new ways of opening up dialogue for the people who live in Ward 2.”
Bedini unveiled his campaign platform this past summer. Fiscal responsibility and better taxpayer consultation are top priorities for the 53 year-old. He is committed to greenspace and waterfront protection. Additionally, he wants to see the Pier completed, and is a staunch supporter of continued police presence in the downtown core and throughout the City as well as enforcing current bylwas in place for all residents.
The resident of Ward 2 is also committed to more transparency and communication between City Hall and the public on many topics of importance that involve youth, seniors, traffic, planning and development, arts and culture, sports and recreation, business development and environmental concerns. Protecting the rights and privileges of property owners in Burlington is on the minds of many residents.
The owner of Bedini construction, his 40 plus years of experience in the family business will greatly assist in decision making at Council level with regards to infrastructure improvements and capital projects throughout Ward 2 and the City of Burlington.
Currently, Bedini serves on the Board of Directors for the Carpenter Hospice (palliative centre in Burlington) and also sits on the Board of Directors for Halton Women’s Place.
Recognition of his passion for community involvement lead to an invitation to actively participate on the inaugural Special Olympics Hometown Games Committee held in June 2010 in Burlington.
He is the past general chair of the Burlington International Games (BIG), a past president of the Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club, a past board member of Burlington Sport Alliance and a 10 year coach with the Burlington Youth Soccer Club.
His father Tony served three times as a City Alderman.
The history of Dave’s family goes back five generations in Burlington. Bedini himself has lived in Ward 2 all his life.
Bedini and his wife Lorraine are lifelong Burlington residents and active members of their community. They have one daughter, Carly, who recently graduated from Laurier University.
Visit www.davebedini.com for news on Dave Bedini. Voters can also email Dave: [email protected]
Paul W. Fitzgerald is an international journalist. His work appears in a large number of newspapers and magazines. He is the Founder and CEO of Salt & Pepper Media Inc, and now serves as Senior Editor of Thursday Night Magazine and In & Out Magazine. Fitzgerald is also from Burlington, ON. He attended Burlington Central High School and also played with the Burlington Teen Tour Band, the Burlington Orchestra and the Burlington Top Hats Marching Band. His firm, Salt & Pepper Media Inc has its office in downtown Burlington, right in Ward 2.