Six questions with Keaton Zandbergen, candidate for Kingscourt-Rideau District

Keaton Zandbergen, candidate for the Kingscourt-Rideau District in the 2022 City of Kingston municipal election. Submitted photo.

Editorial note:

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Keaton Zandbergen is a harm reduction worker, and is running in the election as part of the People’s Platform for Kingston. He has lived in Kingston most of his life, and is hoping to represent the Kingscourt-Rideau district in the 2022 to 2026 term of Kingston City Council.

Currently involved in the Katarokwi Union of Tenants tenants program, Zandbergen said that in his spare time he makes music.

When asked for a “fun fact,” Zandbergen said, “I love mango ice cream! I order obscene amounts when I go to Sakura!”


How would you describe your personal political ideology and/or affiliation?

  • Political ideology in favour of socialist legislation
  • Affiliated with The People’s Platform for Kingston and Katarokwi Union of Tenants 

What made you want to run in this municipal election?

I am running under the People’s Platform of Mayoral candidate Ivan Stoiljkovic. I agree with the belief that the elimination of homelessness and other struggles facing the lower middle class and impoverished should be the top priority when considering city legislation.

What are the three most common issues voters are bringing up to you as you campaign?

  1. Overpriced rent for housing
  2. Homelessness 
  3. Damaged roads 

What three issues are most pressing/important to address locally, in your opinion?

  1. Homelessness 
  2. Rent geared to income housing 
  3. Opioid Crisis 

What is the most pressing issue in your district?

  • Homelessness 
  • Rent geared income housing 
  • Opioid Crisis 

What do you feel sets you apart from other candidates?

  • Raised in my district and have a community member perspective 
  • Not a career politician 
  • Sole focus on issues of poverty. 
  • Employed at the Integrated Care Hub and care for homeless citizens directly.

For more information on Keaton Zandbergen, candidate for Kingscourt-Rideau District in the 2022 municipal election, visit the People’s Platform for Kingston website.

With files from Cris Vilela.

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