At 11:00 am, Saturday July 28, 2018, Debbie Chapman officially launches her campaign for Ward 9 City Councillor, Kitchener. The launch will be held at the City Cafe Bakery at the corner of West and Victoria at 11 am. Last time Chapman ran, she lost the seat to Frank Etherington by one (1) vote.
On October 25, 2010, Chapman placed second with 1,688 votes to Etherington’s 1,689 in the tightest race in recent memory for City Council in Ward 9, Kitchener. On Saturday Chapman will be joined by dozens of volunteers and supporters to launch her second bid for ward 9.
“I feel that my years of experience as a community builder and advocate, combined with my background as an operations manager and in teaching urban politics, will enable me to be an effective voice for those who often feel left out of local politics”, Chapman said ahead of the launch.
Raised in Kitchener, Chapman, married and mother of two adult children, is a former President of the Cherry Park Neighbourhood Association (2006-2012), and currently teaches Political Science and Global Studies part-time at Wilfrid Laurier University (2009-).
Aside from her neighbourhood work, Chapman has sat on the City of Kitchener Safe and Healthy Community Advisory Committee (2012-2014) and the Cycling and Trails Community Advisory Committee (Jan-July 2015).
Chapman has presented neighbourhood concerns to City Council on numerous occasions. At the launch she is expected to say: “as a city councillor I would advocate a balanced approach to downtown development and community needs, and would encourage greater community participation in decision making.”