Stuewe's campaign website describes the candidate as a "natural born leader." He also "thrives on making a difference for those around him." Sounds like good traits for a politician. Actually, James has dealt with councillors in a small organization before. About 25 to 30 to be exact, as the Director of the YMCA Big Cove Camp. James grew up in Dartmouth, but he also spent time traveling the world and has lived in New Zealand. He is currently a graduate student in the Masters of Public Administration program at Dalhousie University - along with law, the degree for people planning to work in government.
Goals and Issues
James has long-term goals; he wants to build a downtown for his kids, er, when he has kids. In the shorter term, Stuewe has one of the best websites of any of the candidates I've seen. It's slick and smart and worth a look. You can listen to audio clips of him talk on the subjects every one of the candidates have addressed: development downtown, safety, transit, schools, root causes of crime and so on.
According to his website, James worked briefly with HRM's Tax Reform initiative, so it's an issue that he might have expertise in. He also follows HRM by Design closely and he has no time for 'mediocre' buildings. Overall, James has 'concerns' about many things, but that doesn't mean he's firmly against them, so one can't really predict how Stuewe would act in council (although this could be said for the majority of candidates in this election). But wait! He holds firm views on a few things. He is against cars downtown and he is for density, off-peak deliveries and street closures (eg Argyle). The Tax Reform plan is "more just" and the immigration plan is "woefully inadequate." After reading everything on his website, he seems to be a rational, well-balanced young chap - but then, so is everyone else in District 12 (except for Dawn Sloane, who is all these things and a lady to boot).
On the record
"I want to get this city moving," says Stuewe. "Promote a clear vision for the downtown, to get a city where my kids can grow up in, live in and be successful."Stuewe wants to "do things in a more sustainable way," which he says means bringing more people downtown and creating more of a mixed community. "There's a lot of talk," he says, "but it's time to move forward and take action."He sees himself as a "new interpreter" on council. "All we've done for the last eight years"---Sloane's term on council---"is were banging heads, banging heads, over and over. Let's bring the community around the table, and decide what this community will look like."Asked about development, Stuewe says he will oppose any "mediocre building." As for the Trillium building recently approved for South Park, "I would have worked a lot harder to make a better project---it wouldn't have gone to council like that." The Keith's project also "wouldn't have gone to council like that." But were he councillor, he would vote for the Waterside development next to Historic properties."I recall laughing into my breakfast when I heard about the third harbour crossing proposal," says Stuewe, because it destroys opportunities for increasing transit use. He is supportive of a late night bus service."On the crime front, "it's dealing with the root cause. The traditional thinking is you need more boots on the ground, more cops on the street. But you've got to deal with the root causes---poverty, drug addiction, homelessness, teenagers with nothing to do."
It's been previously mentioned in this paper about his association with social networking group Fusion. Stuewe is clear that he belongs to the group, but says he is in no way a spokesperson for them. His website stresses his campaign funding limit of $1000 and his lack of association with any political party.
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