Mike Bloxam declares candidacy for Ward 6 council seat

Yesterday afternoon, I registered myself as a candidate for London City Council in Ward 6. Press release below!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mike Bloxam declares candidacy for Ward 6 council seat

Heritage advocate and environmentalist Mike Bloxam has declared his candidacy for London’s Ward 6 council seat.

“I am a champion for sustainability, including financial sustainability in the budgeting process, environmental sustainability, and sustainability in terms of community planning 
and maintaining London’s character,” said Bloxam of his focus if elected.

For Bloxam, seeking local office is a natural extension of his life-long commitment to community involvement. Londoners may know his name as a recent president of the local branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), where he has advocated for sustainable development and preservation of London’s heritage buildings. Then again, that may not be the only reason it rings a bell.

Bloxam is nearly ubiquitous: he has argued for decommissioning the Springbank Dam, as a past chair and current member of City Hall’s Advisory Committee on the Environment (ACE); and worked to make sure the Forest City lives up to its name as a board member and Trees Committee chair for ReForest London.

“Mike is committed to his family and his community, working towards making London a healthier and more vibrant community for citizens today and generations who will follow,” said Linda Lustins, Chair of the Board for ReForest London, where Bloxam has served as a director since 2015.

Beyond his community efforts, Bloxam has the varied experience and perspectives of a business owner and non-profit worker. He launched SunTap Technologies in 2009 to install solar energy systems on homes and businesses across Southwestern Ontario, and continues to offer that service.

These days though, most of the hours he puts in are at the London Food Bank, where he joined the staff full time in 2016 after more than 16 years as a volunteer. It’s that time, spent face-to-face with people experiencing poverty in London, where Bloxam finds much of the inspiration for his campaign.

“I want to see the next Council take poverty and homelessness in our city seriously,” Bloxam says. If elected, he would push to expand London’s Housing First strategy, which has already started to make a difference, as well as advocating for changes to benefits at the provincial level.

Bloxam will kick off his campaign with a launch party in June, to be announced at bloxam.ca.

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Mike Bloxam is running to be your next councillor for Ward 6 in London, Ontario. He aspires for a better London that is an ideal place to live, work, play, and stay.

Campaign hotline: 519-518-2273 | E-mail: mike@bloxam.ca | Web site: www.bloxam.ca | Twitter: @Mike_Bloxam