Stand for municipal election in 2021
The most profound decisions about our everyday lives are made in municipalities, our nearest communities. After the COVID-19 pandemic we are going to face a huge task of rebuilding the basis for our well-being. Now more than ever, we are going to need responsible decision-makers and new ideas. Would you like to be a part of your home areas future?
Why should you consider candidacy?
We stand for free and responsible society. We want that people have the opportunity to be at their best and live the life they have chosen.
The closer to people the decisions are made, the easier it is for our everyday life and living environment to evolve to be suitable for everyone of us . That is why we are going to need righteous decision-makers to every municipality and city here in Finland. We have been working for better society for over a century, now is your turn.
For these things we have said YES before:
YES for world’s best education where there is enough time to teach and arouse childrens curiosity.
YES for fluent everyday life. The basis for the fluent everyday life is made of a good nursery near home, flexible visiting hours to antenatal clinic and soundly designed living environment. Stopping for grocery store or going to ones hobbies should not require endless sitting in a car.
YES for responsible economy. Do not count your chicken before they’ve hatched – with disciplined and good industrial- and employment policy we are able to gain growth and build the basis for all well-being.
YES for reasonable municipal tax. The only way to make adaptations to the economy can’t be taking more money from the people – there needs to be a path for maintaining public utilities and services for more efficient way.
YES for culture. All culture and cultural activities are important for people and are needed as a public service. We see all cultural activities equally important: from libraries to museums and from theatres to people’s own participation and engagement.
YES for freedom of choice and shorter queues at local community health center. The utmost important thing is that when one needs care, one must get it right away. If it is not possible to get the care at the right time, we want for people to have a service voucher that can be used to get the needed care from private health care service providers.
YES for effortless mobility. We do not see public transportation and private car use as mutually exclusive. One should be able to equally use public transportation services, one’s own car or bicycle as a means of transportation. Emissions originating from transportation should be reduced by investing to railroads and giving support for renewal of cars to low- or zero-emission vehicles.
YES for the opportunity for everyone to be able to afford a decent and good home. This goal requires diverse in the development and construction of a city or municipality.
YES for attractive and safe living environment. When people gather to organise events, work parties or give neighbourly help, one can fall in love with one’s hometown. This is exactly what we want: people to feel safe and have a good community spirit. Safety and natural attraction come from small, but necessary things like decent lighting in the streets, supervised bathing beaches or parks that are being taken care of.
YES for development and investments. We do not certainly ask how to stop things from happening, but we embrace the change and ask how we could be of assistance to get things done. The life force of a community does not come from municipality’s administration, it comes from the people.
YES for sports. We want that all facilities for sports are taken care of and sport club activities are thriving. To get people to do sports requires co-operation from sport clubs, societies and people. We think that private companies, clubs and societies are a good companions to one another.
YES for rational climate policy and conserving our habitat. Nature needs to be passed on for later generations in better shape than we received it. We are keen on finding more efficient and rightful solutions for example to produce energy and heating – we do not want to argue over controversy on contents of your dinner plate.
YES for close-by nature. Even the smallest piece of forrest near residential areas can cheer up both us humans and our beloved pets. Each of us should have the possibility to take a breath in a near-by forrest or national park.
YES for expertise and knowledge in thorough preparation. We rely heavily on officials and their expertise. Every decision we make is based on facts and reflected through our values.
YES for international co-operation. The cities are in the race over experts, companies’ headquarters, tourists and investments. We want that each and every municipality and city will be a plausible option for international experts to come to study, to work on science, to work in general and to start businesses.
Both cities and municipalities are exactly our own reflection. We make them. Our well-being is based on people who stand up for each other, dare to dream and are not afraid of taking responsibility. Sign up for candidacy – we want to help you in your way to becoming a local influencer and to get elected as a city councillor.
Being a part of municipal politics is the best way to make a difference.
After being a city counsellor for one electoral period I have learned a lot. My commitment to common matters has reached even higher level after this experience.
Perhaps for me as an individual, the best things have been finding new connections and becoming friends with new people after working hard together.
I could not foresee all these good things the moment I signed up for election. Looking back I could say, that moment was one of the best moments in my life.Hanna Haipus, Oulu
Master of Science in Engineering
I used to work as a doctor in Tanzania for four years in the 80’s. The fundaments of my thinking are still based on that experience: am I doing things the right way?
How could the system be in the best service of people with reasonable costs? I have been looking for answers to these questions my whole working career. To get answers have created an urge to keep my focus on social welfare and healthcare. What I learned in Tanzania is still valid, even though the circumstances are different here in Finland.
Municipal elections are important because this is the level where we can really make the change regarding our well-being. I want to emphasise the importance of knowledge in decision-making and bearing the responsibility for economic carrying capacity and co-operation in every level.Olli-Pekka Ryynänen, Kuopio
Emeritus Professor of General Practice, University of Eastern Finland
In these elections you can really make a difference and should be considered very important.
I wanted to do things differently and that was the reason behind my decision to sign up for candidacy. On my experience, I could tell that there were ways to make things differently: more efficiently, more reasonably.
As a young local councillor I can see things from a different perspective and that is why young people are needed to sign up for candidacy. Best thing as being a local councillor is the feeling when I can carry through something. Local politics will challenge you every day.Mikael Ropo, Pori
Because I was tired of watching people that were alienated from every day life being our local councillors I took part in politics.
I wanted to have more commons sense in decision-making and make things better for young people and children.
For 12 years I have made a difference on my behalf in local politics and I am still very eager to continue in this path. You can really carry through good things. On my motion we decided in Jyväskylä to give summer job vouchers for young people to make it easier to find summer jobs.Katja Isomöttönen, Jyväskylä
These elections are important: one chooses the people to represent you to make good decisions about things that have the most influence in our everyday life. To make good decisions one needs to have grass-roots level expertise. People are wanted and needed to participate on local politics – you and me.