Fresh Ideas for a Growing St. John's

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Dave Lane is running for Councillor at Large

Who should you vote for in the upcoming St. John’s Municipal Election? Choose someone who has fresh ideas for moving our city forward during this exciting time in our history, and who has years of experience helping to guide our city toward a sustainable, successful future.

My name is Dave Lane, and for years I have been sitting on city-related committees and boards, attending city council meetings, and interacting with hundreds of my fellow citizens. I’m driven today to take my passion a step further and declare my candidacy for councillor at large.

I am committed to building a St. John’s that is developed thoughtfully. As founding chair of Happy City St. John’s, I have been bringing public input to City Hall. I sit on boards and committees with Downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland Historic Trust, St. John’s Clean & Beautiful, and St. John’s Board of Trade.

I am involved in the local arts community, and have been a member of Newman Sound Men’s Choir, Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, and Innismara Vocal Ensemble. I have also played drums for several years, including a stint as the drummer for well-known St. John's band Hey Rosetta!

I’ve had the opportunity to participate in standing committees at City Hall, including the Police and Traffic Committee, Heritage Advisory Committee, and the St. John's Municipal Plan Review Advisory Group.

Along with frequent attendance of council meetings, this has kept me up-to-date on what’s happening in St. John’s and how decisions are made at the municipal level. Happy City has connected me with local citizens and global organizations that explore how to make a city better.

I love St. John’s and have dedicated a great deal of my time and energy to helping make this the city of our dreams. I know what we can accomplish when we work together, and I know how to get it done. Our city has incredible potential and we have a real opportunity - right now - to make lasting, positive decisions for our future success. I’d like to be your voice in the decision-making process at City Hall.

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Recent comments

  • John
    September 16, 2013 - 16:22

    Exactly what do you do for a living?

  • Dave Lane
    Dave Lane
    July 10, 2013 - 21:21

    Hi David, thanks for your points, and thanks for reading through the post and my website! These initial posts are mostly an introduction to who I am as a person: basic principles I have, what I've done so far, and a basic idea of how I'll act as a councillor. I agree with you, however: a candidate should express policy positions, and over the next few weeks I'll be sharing my views on issues such as taxation, traffic, housing, development, and many others. I look forward to your views as I dig a little deeper into how I hope to represent you! Thanks again, Dave

  • Peter Geary
    July 10, 2013 - 16:52

    I agree with David Walsh's comments above. No commitment! No platform! No strategy! I'll wait until he shows me what his platform is and then I'll make my decision. As a retired senior on a fixed income, I wonder what he's going to do for me? I'm living in a condo (Westview Village) paying condo fees. As a result, I don't receive such city services as garbage collection, snow clearing, street cleaning,etc. I don't have a lawn to water and I don't wash my car. Yet I'm paying top dollar for property taxes (8.1 mills) and water tax. "The balls now in his court!" as they say. It's your serve, Paul.

  • Voting in the elections
    July 10, 2013 - 14:27

    It's nice to see someone under 40 (probably 50 for that matter) running for City council. The baby-boomer mentality of city council needs to vanish. Voting for this guy would probably be a good first step in the right direction.

  • David Walsh
    July 10, 2013 - 14:21

    This article contains no information at all about his actual positons. Doesn't anyone else see that? His web site has some nice words as well, but there's nothing resembling a platform. He does seem to say that he wants to expand public transit to outlying areas and, presumably, improve service within the city by making CBS and Paradise pay for it. But aside from that, it's mostly non-commital suggestions and fluff. Municipal elections need to be about more than personality. Interest in 'ideas' is not an idea. Saying you like 'smart growth' is not a strategy to implement smart growth. That no one points these things out is just mind blowing.