A newcomer to municipal politics, Nikaela Barton said she has decided to run for mayor in the October municipal election because politics is in her blood.
“Politics has been a huge part of my life, since I was 14,” she said. “I was involved in politics at the provincial and federal level. From there I graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a bachelor of arts in political science and human relations.”
Barton worked on three provincial political campaigns and one federal campaign as a teen but has never held political office – something she’s hoping to change.
“I want to do everything I possibly can to just continue bettering the city,” she said. “I’m very much an all-in kind of person. I like to be 150 per cent involved. I think that being mayor you can immerse yourself at a full-time, full-rate, full high power level and that’s the kind of position I would be looking for.”
She is running on a platform of giving local small business the edge through a series of subsidies, paid to the businesses by the city, to help them succeed.
“I believe that really investing in our small and local businesses will continue to (maintain our small town feel),” she said. “Growth is great. It’s inevitable, it’s happening, but we want to make sure we maintain our grassroots feel.”
Barton said she feels the rent small businesses are paying for space is causing a number of them to close their doors. Her plan would give these small businesses a subsidy each year for three years on a sliding scale to help them keep their doors open and succeed. The subsidies would be paid by the city and come from the revenue from business and licensing.
More information about Barton can be found on at nikaelabarton.com.