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Jeromy Farkas

Jeromy Farkas

"Calgarians deserve smarter spending, lower taxes, better core services and safer communities."

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Economic

Taxes, spending & infrastructure

Economic Growth

We must be unrelenting in our pursuit of economic recovery and growth. 

Positive change begins with reigning in taxes, simplifying approvals, eliminating unnecessary red tape and allowing entrepreneurs to succeed. We need to ensure that our youth and small businesses are given no reason to seek opportunity elsewhere.

Better Core Services

Every Calgarian deserves a safe and inclusive city. We need a high-performance government that will deliver core services efficiently.

City Hall must focus on core services such as an affordable city-wide transit system, well-maintained infrastructure, efficient snow clearing and emergency services such as police and fire. We must leverage technology and foster innovation to achieve efficiencies in these areas.

Financial Responsibility

City Hall must get its budget under control.

Council must follow the lead of families and entrepreneurs who have made sacrifices through these challenging times.

Wiser spending and giving Calgarians tax breaks must start now. Calgarians deserve a financially responsible municipal government, especially during unprecedented times like this COVID-19 pandemic. We must focus on “need-to-haves” over “nice-to-haves.”

Social

social issues & public policy

Environment

climate, energy & Sustainability

Leadership

philosophy & guiding principles

Building Calgary for the 21st Century

Calgary must be bold, welcome new ideas, and build for the future.

We must embrace new technology in delivering services, building quality infrastructure, and creating a vibrant downtown core that will usher in a new era of opportunity. We need to update existing infrastructure that is in disrepair and has been overlooked for far too long. We must focus on projects that will enhance our city’s safety and competitiveness, such as re-opening a downtown police station and building an LRT extension to the airport.

Accountability

Calgary must be bold, welcome new ideas, and build for the future.

We can improve accountability at City Hall by genuinely listening to Calgarians and allowing them to have meaningful input in major decisions that impact them, such as neighbourhood development. 

Economic

Economy, collection & spending of city revenue

Economic Growth

We need to get Calgarians back to work.

We must be unrelenting in our pursuit of economic recovery and growth. Now is the time to reclaim Calgary’s entrepreneur-friendly environment and show the world that we are open for business. Positive change begins with reigning in taxes, simplifying approvals, eliminating unnecessary red tape and allowing entrepreneurs to succeed. We need to ensure that our youth and small businesses are given no reason to seek opportunity elsewhere.

Better Core Services

Calgarians deserve good value for their money.

Every Calgarian deserves a safe and inclusive city. We need a high-performance government that will deliver core services efficiently. Over the past ten years, property taxes have nearly doubled, and many new fees have been introduced. Meanwhile, service has only marginally improved in some areas, whole others have been significantly reduced. City Hall must focus on core services such as an affordable city-wide transit system, well-maintained infrastructure, efficient snow clearing and emergency services such as police and fire. We must leverage technology and foster innovation to achieve efficiencies in these areas.

Social

Stance on trending social issues & public policy

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Environment

Plan to address climate, energy & resources

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Leadership

Governance philosophy & guiding principles

Building Calgary for the 21st Century

Calgary must be bold, welcome new ideas, and build for the future

We must embrace new technology in delivering services, building quality infrastructure, and creating a vibrant downtown core that will usher in a new era of opportunity. We need to update existing infrastructure that is in disrepair and has been overlooked for far too long. We must focus on projects that will enhance our city’s safety and competitiveness, such as re-opening a downtown police station and building an LRT extension to the airport. We can improve accountability at City Hall by genuinely listening to Calgarians and allowing them to have meaningful input in major decisions that impact them, such as neighbourhood development. 

Financial Responsibility

City Hall must get its budget under control.

Council must follow the lead of families and entrepreneurs who have made sacrifices through these challenging times. Wiser spending and giving Calgarians tax breaks must start now. Calgarians deserve a financially responsible municipal government, especially during unprecedented times like this COVID-19 pandemic. We must focus on “need-to-haves” over “nice-to-haves.”

MORE ABOUT JEROMY

A born-and-raised Calgarian from the southeast community of Dover, Jeromy’s family story is one of hard work and sacrifice. Jeromy’s father arrived in Canada in 1957 as a refugee from communist Hungary, and his mother traces her roots to settlers who emigrated from Eastern Europe to homestead and build a better life.

Jeromy learned from a young age that anything is possible if you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work for it. His early years included delivering flyers at the age of 8 years old, bussing tables, labouring in an Ogden shingle factory and working his way through school.

After earning a political science degree from the University of Calgary, Jeromy launched his entrepreneurial spirit through the start-up of a successful small business in data analysis and technology. As jobs evaporated, he saw that the burden on taxpayers grow heavier and that everyday Calgarians were ignored by an out-of-touch city hall establishment. Jeromy grew frustrated as his peers moved away to seek opportunity elsewhere. Rather than stand by and watch, Jeromy committed to do something about it.

In 2017, Jeromy was elected as the Councillor for Ward 11 on a promise to bring financial responsibility, transparency and integrity back to city hall. Jeromy wasted no time in leading by example when he declined his generous council pension and transition allowance. From day one, Jeromy kept true to his word and has been working hard on behalf of Calgary families, seniors, young people and businesses.

Jeromy’s record demonstrates his commitment to improving Calgarian’s everyday lives by championing wiser spending, lower taxes, better core services and a safer community. Jeromy will bring a fresh, new kind of leadership that will rally Calgarians together behind bold ideas that will turn things around and bring positive change to our city. Jeromy understands firsthand that Calgarians are trailblazers at heart and that our city was built on the backs of hard-working, innovative and entrepreneurial people.

As mayor, he would bring fresh ideas and new energy to draw Calgarians together to solve our city’s urgent challenges and kickstart our economic engine.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, cyclist and runner, Jeromy competes regularly in the Calgary Ironman 70.3, and gives back as a career mentor to post-secondary students.

Education & work experience

University of Calgary

  • B.A., Political Science and Government

City Councillor (2017 - present) 

  • Jeromy is serving his first term as Ward 11 councillor. He is one of the youngest city politicians every elected to City Council. Since taking office, Jeromy has wasted no time in bringing a common sense, fiscally conservative, and data-driven approach to his work on your behalf at City Hall.
  • As Councillor, Jeromy is focused on making City services more responsive to Calgarians while being mindful of Calgary's financial future. Jeromy is committed to restoring Calgary's advantage and securing future economic opportunity through responsible spending, lower taxes through innovation, reducing regulations for entrepreneurs, and ending the culture of entitlement and secrecy that has taken hold of City Hall.

Senior Fellow, Municipal Governance (2013 - 2016) 

  • Worked to bring market-oriented ideas and principles to bear on municipal council issues such as affordability, mobility, and public safety. This role required a mix of fundraising, media relations, & policy knowledge regarding problems facing cities.
 

Executive Administrator - Israel Studies Masters & Ph.D. Program (2008 - 2014)

  • Managed the day-to-day operations of the Israel Studies graduate program, including course development, academic journal submissions, student recruitment, international event and conference planning, and teaching hours.
 
Research Team Lead - Faculty of Medicine (2010 - 2013)
  • Jeromy directed an on-site research team focused on developing evidence-based local strategies for improving elementary school student health and learning outcomes. Core results were safer students, and more welcoming schools.
 
Special Projects - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2011 - 2013)
  • Jeromy served in data analyst roles on a variety of special projects including Curriculum & Faculty Development, Government & International Relations, and Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Services. Jeromy was responsible for the scheduling, execution, and analysis of many hundreds of course and instructor evaluations, influencing future curriculum design and faculty promotions.
 

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