Kim Siever has announced he is running as an Independent for the upcoming federal election in Lethbridge. He has lived in our city for 23 years, and went to Lethbridge College to obtain his multimedia production diploma. He says he’s served on various boards and committees within Lethbridge. He is also an independent journalist that has been online for 25 years. Siever ran for municipal council in 2001, and decided it was time to get back into politics again. Siever says he wanted to run for the NDP, but they turned him down.
Siever is campaigning on the promise of solidarity for workers, the marginalized, and the environment.
“Solidarity with workers is the most important to me because I believe that workers are the backbone of the economy. Workers produce the goods and services that circulate within the economy. As a result they generate the wealth that companies bring in. Workers are the vast majority of the consumers in the community,” he states. “With the marginalized, I just believe that everybody should be treated equally regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, economic background, ability, or religion.”
Siever adds that the environment plays a critical role, especially in Lethbridge, “Recreationally, culturally, and economically too. We need to understand that outside of the land we use to grow things to eat, the environment in general is just something we need to appreciate.”
Door knocking is not on his list of things to do for his campaign. Instead, he’s hosting fireside chats.
“We sat down together virtually and just talked about some of the issues people are concerned with. I gave them my take on things from where I sit on the issues, and what I think are some possible solutions. Everybody gets to hear the questions that are being asked, and everybody gets to hear the answers too. Whereas, if you are door knocking somebody might ask you a question, but nobody else is around to hear that question. This is a more engaging process I think.”
Siever says he’s grateful for the over 20 volunteers that he’s had helping him to collect signatures.
100 signatures are needed from Siever for him to officially be able to file his nomination papers, and he says he’s currently sitting around 80.
The filing deadline is August 30th.