Get to Know Your Candidates: Tim Cartmell, Ward 9

We sent out a brief, fun survey about libraries to all of the nominees running in the 2017 Edmonton civic election to help you get to better know your candidates.

These are the answers that Tim Cartmell from Ward 9 sent back to us.

Election day is Monday, October 16. Get to know your candidates, learn how you can support EPL,  and don’t forget to vote!

1. What is your favourite library memory or experience?

Going to the Dickinsfield branch to take out Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mystery novels. Maybe that's what led me to forensic engineering work!

2. What is your favourite book, movie or song right now?

A favourite book is A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry by Ian McGillis—practically autobiographical for me, growing up in a nearby neighbourhood at the same time.

3. What magazines, newspapers, blogs, Twitter accounts and/or podcasts do you follow?

Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald, and too many blogs and Twitter accounts to list.

4. Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?

Dave, from the Vinyl Cafe, as described by Stuart McLean on CBC. Perhaps it is the ridiculous situations he finds himself in, or the cast of characters in his neighborhood. I know you could write a book about my neighborhood.

Mainly though because there is a continuing theme of the importance of family and community in our everyday lives. And that on our many motor trips, my wife, children and I would listen to the stories on tape. That is a cherished memory for me.

5. What is one book you think everyone should read and why?

The Wealthy Barber. Yes its old and dated, but the fundamental lessons are the same. Take care of the nickels and dimes, and the dollars will take care of themselves.

6. What book is on your nightstand (or on your eReader or tablet) right now?

Currently reading Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer and Where I Belong by Alan Doyle.

7. Election Day (October 16) is also Boss' Day. Who was your very first boss and what was your job? What was one important lesson you learned from them?

First job was as a cook at Dairy Queen. I learned a lot from that boss—how to treat people, how to build a team.

My best boss was Tom Heike, a senior engineer that hired me early in my career. He taught me a lot about being an engineer, being responsible, methodical and ethical. I may not have known it at the time, but his lessons stay with me.

8. What role do you see EPL playing in a thriving and vibrant Edmonton?

I see literacy as a key component in making the changes we want to see in Edmonton. Reducing poverty and homelessness, encouraging tolerance and acceptance, embracing diversity—all takes education and information.

EPL is all about that—more than books, more than media, it has and continues to evolve as a literacy and information portal. EPL will be critical to building the community we want in Edmonton