The upcoming municipal election in October brings around an opportunity for Calgarians to create the change they wish to see in their communities, including those of us who live in Ward 8. Electing a City Councillor that can accurately and effectively represent the unique voices of this Ward is so important, which is why I am running to fill this seat.
For too long, City Council has forged a path for Calgary’s future without seeking input from the people who are lucky enough to call this City home. They have created a pattern of dictating outcomes to Calgarians, instead of seeking feedback on how we would like to see our communities succeed.
My name is Paul Bergmann, and I am running to represent you in Ward 8. I am a born and raised Calgarian who has spent most of my life residing here in the Ward. I am the proud father of two teenage boys, an active voice in Calgary’s community development planning, and a lifelong volunteer.
For the past 20 years, I’ve operated a home building company that has championed community-focused initiatives like UniHouse, an affordable but luxury co-living space for university students, and Village Common, a shared living complex for young working Calgarians making the first move out on their own.
As an active supporter of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and BILD Calgary, I’ve served on the Inner City Advisory Committee for the last five years, becoming increasingly more involved with the City's planning initiatives like the Guidebook for Great Communities and other local planning documents.
After advocating City Council for over a year as a private citizen – fighting for proper and transparent community development – I decided that the most effective way to have our voices heard was by earning a seat at the table.
I am a firm believer that city development should start at the local, community level. I also feel strongly that sending more people with real life business experience into City Hall will mean that after years of mismanagement, your hard-earned tax dollars will finally be spent wisely on the things that matter most to you.
My campaign centres around three main pillars: transparency and community engagement, accountability and respect, and financial leadership. You can read more about this on my website, www.bergmann4ward8.ca.
I sincerely look forward to getting to know every one of you as we draw nearer to the October 18 election day. Over the next several months, watch for me in your communities as I door knock in your neighbourhood. If you spot me, say hi! I’d love to meet you.
It’s time to take the pen from City Council’s hand. Together we can start writing the future we all want to see for our city.
City Council Candidate for Ward 8
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