The term ‘Progressive’ can take on a variety of meanings for different individuals and groups. The ActivatED team has, instead of getting too caught up in ideological debates, decided to define progressive by focusing on six key election issues. We have ensured that all candidates we are endorsing are committed to our position on each of these issues – this being said, we do not regard any candidate as ‘perfectly’ fitting into our criteria.
Our Six Areas of Focus: (Please see below for further explanations on each criteria)
1. A Commitment to Sustainable Transportation
2. Prioritization of an Urban Agriculture Strategy
3. A Commitment to Sustainable and Responsible Development – Putting a Stop to Urban Sprawl
4. Responsible Funding of Infrastructure Projects – Cautious Use of Public-Private-Partnerships (P3s)
5. Prioritization of Equity and Proven Ability for Community Consultation
6. A Commitment to Campaign Finance Reform and Disclosure of Funders Prior to E-Day
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