Well, I’ve been jogging for 192 consecutive days and figured I would double down by running for Amherstburg council!
I’ve covered politicians for nearly two decades as a journalist in Windsor and Essex County and I covered Amherstburg council way back in my cub reporter days. It was always a blast. I’ve long been impressed with the passion of Amherstburg residents and the unrivalled beauty and potential of our town.
I filed my nomination papers shortly after noon Friday and I’m excited to hit the ground running and talk about the issues with the residents of Amherstburg.
Donald McArthur has filed his nomination papers and has become the 13th person to seek a position as an #Amherstburg councillor. The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers if they wish to run for council is today at 2 p.m.
— River Town Times (@RTT_Amherstburg) July 27, 2018
Below is a copy of the press release I sent out today to area media outlets:
Long-time Windsor and Essex County journalist Donald McArthur filed his papers Friday to run for Amherstburg council, pledging to promote open government, tourism, active transportation and engaging, accountable representation.
“I’m not a politician but I’ve interviewed scores of them over the years. The ones I respected most were the ones who spoke plainly but passionately, relentlessly championing their community and the interests of their constituents,” said McArthur. “I want to emulate their honest, down-to-earth style and overcome my lack of political experience with hard work and handshakes, knocking on doors and discussing the issues with residents of Amherstburg.”
McArthur believes very strongly in the need for open and transparent government, and pledges to keep constituents informed and engaged through social media, a website, and a newsletter. He will post his voting record online.
McArthur believes the town needs to more zealously market itself as a tourism destination, focus on trail development and make active transportation decisions that recognize its potential as a cycling hotspot, the nexus of a vast network of trails stretching from Leamington to Windsor to Essex. He believes in the need for a vibrant and accessible parks system and wants to ensure kids in every neighbourhood live in close proximity to a decent playground.
“My full platform will take shape as I connect with residents on the campaign trail and hear about their hopes and challenges,” said McArthur. “I believe I have unique experiences and skills that can enrich the debate and help Amherstburg realize its unrivalled economic potential as a tourism destination.”
McArthur, 46, lives in Amherstburg with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Violet, 9. They have dogs named Magic and Day-Z and a cat named Skipper. McArthur is the former Assistant Managing Editor, Digital, of Windsor Star and the former Executive Producer of CBC Windsor. He currently works as the communications coordinator for Essex County. He plays guitar and golfs, not as well as he used to.