The Local Democracy Pledge (the Pledge) is a voluntary commitment that candidates can make to voters to uphold key democratic principles to improve the quality and tone of political discourse. The Pledge promotes fair and transparent municipal elections, free from undue partisan or financial influences.
The Pledge is a voluntary commitment a candidate can make to support democratic local elections as they carry out their campaigns to:
- Keep local elections local by focusing their campaigns on issues that municipal elected officials can influence.
- Maintain independence and non-partisanship by rejecting any endorsements which would undermine their accountability to municipal residents or the autonomy of the municipality.
- Demonstrate transparency by sharing their vision for the municipality and providing pre-election disclosure of campaign contributions and spending.
- Engage in respectful behaviour by sharing their perspective, while respecting and seeking to understand differences.
Are you ready to take the Pledge?
Download the Pledge below: