Amy Martin is a 33 year old, first term, municipal councillor for Ward 6 (Port Dover) in Norfolk County. Amy campaigned on being accessible and communicating with constituents and won with over 50% of the vote in her community. She’s the first female representative for ward 6.
To frame the conversation below are some topic areas.The first half of the show is standardized (more or less) with each guest talking through these themes.
- The first part begins with you, as we introduce you as the guest. Who are you? What is/was your day job (if not a full time politician)? Why did you run for Council? What drives you?
- Who are your people? Who are your constituents – in Ward 6. Paint a picture of you ward. What do they do for a living, what are the issues you see in your inbox or talking to people week in and out.
- How does your ward fit into Norfolk County. Is your ward the outlier urban ward or is it one of many rural?
- Norfolk County used to be Halimond-Norfolk. How has decoupling impacted things?
- Now a single tier municipality.
- Finally, how does your community and constituents fit into SW Ontario as a whole?
The second half of the show is a bit more political/policy related. We may not get to all of these topics and this might not be the order we discuss them in.
- COVID Impacts over the last year?
- Budget, Community etc.
- What would be a story people would be talking about if COVID didn’t happen?
- Appointment of the Acting Medical Officer Appointment Controversy.
- The Agri-sector in Norfolk has been called by some as “too powerful”. Putting profits before people and migrant workers?
- Port Dover Official Plan Amendment
- Housing Affordability – all that anyone talks about.
- Where do you see Norfolk to be in 10 years? What are the Challenges/Opportunities to achieve that outcome?
- Magic policy wand – change one thing, what do you change and why?