Media Release October 12 2017
For Immediate Release
October 12, 2017
Keren Tang, first-time candidate, raises nearly $20,000
without corporate or union donations
Edmonton, AB - Keren Tang, City Council candidate for Ward 11, has released her second financial disclosure statement before election day. She has collected $19,825 in campaign contributions from over 100 individuals as of October 11, 2017. The financial disclosure statement is available at http://www.kerentang.ca/financial_disclosure_oct_11_2017
Keren says, “I made a decision early on to ensure my campaign reflected the democratic values I believe in as a new citizen. I believe that campaigns should be driven by people, instead of corporations and unions—that’s why I’ve taken a position of not taking big money in this election. That’s why our campaign is powered by volunteers.”
Keren is delivering on the pledge she made at her campaign launch in January 2017 to disclose all contributions over $100 in advance of election day. The current financial disclosure rules only require this to be done after the election is over.
Keren is only taking contributions from individuals and has pledged not to accept any donations from corporations or unions. During the last municipal election, the vast majority of campaign funds for elected candidates came from corporations and unions. City Council has since called upon the provincial government to prohibit corporate and union donations in municipal elections.
“This is already the standard for our provincial and federal elections, and Edmontonians expect and deserve no less from their municipal election candidates,” Keren says. “I once again call upon my fellow candidates to commit to publishing financial disclosure statements before election day so the voters can see whose interests you represent.”
Not only is this Keren’s first time running for office, it is her first time voting in a municipal election as a new Canadian.
“I'm proud to be voting in my first Edmonton municipal election. I moved to Edmonton five years ago, and became a Canadian citizen two years ago. Voting is a privilege, a choice, and a right—hard-fought for a lot of folks in this country. So express your voice through voting!”