Why I’m running for city council

Many of you have heard my name for years. “Scott Johnston, 630CHED News.” My beat working in Edmonton radio was civic politics. Some even described me as the “voice of city hall.” 

Maybe you heard me on Oilers broadcasts talking to the players about wins and losses after games. 

Now I want to win with you.

Right now, Edmonton is facing one its toughest challenges in living memory. The pandemic has shuttered small businesses, contributed to an unemployment rate of 11.9 per cent in January 2021 and created economic uncertainty that is wreaking havoc on investor confidence. People are rightly concerned about the cost of living and the ease of doing business in our community.

For our city to overcome these challenges we need leadership with the experience required to guide our community back into prosperity.

That’s why I’m running for city council this October in Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi, formerly known as Ward 10.

I want to put my three-plus decades covering city hall to your advantage

As an Edmontonian with decades spent understanding the inner workings of city hall, I am confident my experience will bring immediate value to city council. I am running for council for that reason. 

I am running to ensure that Edmonton becomes one of the best places in Canada to start and operate a business.

I’m running to make sure our communities keep growing and remain safe.

I’m running to ensure that city council spends tax dollars responsibly and keeps the cost of living affordable for Edmontonians.

I’m running to empower Edmonton’s young, energetic population of entrepreneurs that have a vision to rebuild the economy post-COVID-19 with all kinds of job creating opportunities.

Three things I’d champion for you

Local decision making has a very real impact on your day-to-day life. That’s why as the representative for Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi I would show respect for taxpayer dollars, work with you to create business opportunities in Edmonton and coordinate thoughtful community building. 

In addition to these key ideas, over the course of the campaign I want to talk to residents of Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi and hear your ideas on the issues that matter most. 

I’m listening. I’ll build your trust on your priorities

Over the course of my career as a reporter at city hall I honed my ability to listen and get to the heart of a problem.

Being a strong communicator is key. I have spent my professional career doing just that. Reporting on municipal politics means considering all sides of an issue and weighing ideas objectively. It’s the voice of reason that our city council needs. 

I’ve tried my best every day, and I will do the same for you. 

This campaign is sure to be unlike any other as we continue to face the impact of COVID-19 on our city. If you’d like to chat virtually and find out more about my campaign, drop me a line!


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  • Joel Gotlib
    commented 2021-02-21 00:22:37 -0700
    Way to go Scott!! Super happy you’re running for Council! You deserve a seat after all your years committed to honest and balanced storytelling. I haven’t been one to weigh-in on politics .. but nothing’s stopping me now. I spent 16 years reporting for CTV Edmonton and ran into Scott all the time covering stories when he was with CHED. Scott’s a hard-working guy who cares .. and a committed family man. I’m all for good people getting voted in .. Scott’s a good man. Best of luck! I think you’ll do an awesome job!
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Scott Johnston for Edmonton City Council