On Tuesday (Feb. 18), Mike Bloxam, a business owner and active community volunteer, has declared his candidacy for London’s Ward 6 council seat.
Already familiar with city hall by serving on council’s advisory committee on the environment, Bloxam said he feels there is more for him to contribute. Passionate about London, his hometown, Bloxam said he believes strongly that living in a community means giving back — a belief and practice that he will continue through civic duty.
Bloxam wants to see community-focused urban planning and will apply his own experience to the office.
“My vision is a sustainable London where people want to live, work, play, and stay,” Bloxam said in a news release. “Striking the right balance between economics, community life, and the environment is critical to a successful city. My experience as a business owner and volunteer in London has helped me find that balance, showing me first-hand it is absolutely achievable.”
Bloxam owns and operates SunTap Technologies, a company specializing in renewable energy. Launching and sustaining a small business has given him crucial skills to represent Ward 6 on council. Mentoring co-op students through his local company has helped to convince Bloxam of the need to create opportunities for young people in our city.
“Instead of always looking outside our city for business investment, we need to encourage home-grown small businesses — not only to survive, but to thrive. These local companies will create jobs here and help London prosper,” Bloxam said. “Mentoring and financial support are two ways to keep our highly-educated graduates in London. We can foster their sense of entrepreneurship by giving them what they need.”
Serving for 15 years as a volunteer at the London Food Bank, where demand continues to rise, also strengthened his resolve to seek a council seat. He donates his time to various other community organizations, such as ReForest London and All-Breed Canine Rescue. Given the level of need in our city, Bloxam feels he can have even more impact, and improve quality of life for Londoners, as part of a more focused council.
“London can be better because council can do better,” Bloxam said. “My commitment to represent the citizens and businesses of Ward 6 is to ensure that all views have the chance to be heard.”