Vote Shelley Fashan for District 2!
I can’t thank-you enough for your encouragement and support for my campaign to represent District 2 at Halifax Regional Municipal Council. It is carrying me along on this journey.
So this is the part where I have to ask for your help. I need investment in my bid to represent the riding of Preston–Chezzetcook–Eastern Shore. It is essential if I am to be successful.
So if you can contribute between $5.00 and $40.00, or whatever you can, it will make a difference—getting us closer to having the funds we need. We'll need at least $10,000 to run a successful grassroots campaign, since each mail out alone costs $3,000.
We made it easy for you to donate, too.
My son built this gofundme page and this is the easiest way to make a donation.
If you would like to etransfer, I have a campaign account and can process your donation personally. Please message me and I can send you banking details, or if you want to go old school and give me a cheque or cash (or invite some friends by for a grassroots fundraising party), I can come to you.
The last few weeks have given me so much strength and pride in our community, and it has fuelled this campaign so far. We know we can make change happen.
Because Community Matters!
Thanks again, all of you.
It's been brought to my attention that some people are not pleased with the sight of anonymous donations in our feed.
We wanted to address these concerns immediately in the spirit of openness and transparency.
There is an issue with this software platform, as I cannot answer those comments directly or speak to people directly about their comments, nor am I permitted to make a comment explaining why things are this way, a testament to the issues that plague this software that have yet to be fixed. (I have already submitted a query.)
Please note that the anonymous donors are donors that choose to set their donations that way. We do not have any control over people who make donations and who choose to make the status anonymous. When it comes time to submit our reports, those names are revealed, but they are not made public.
Please know that we do not and have not advocated for people to vote anonymously. This is a grassroots effort of a very small fraction of the community. So far, we are talking less than 300 people of the 80,000 in our communities have made a stand for change. We are hoping to build that number, but we are realistic in the truth that grassroots work is a consistent and uphill effort.
At no time has the political platform or the values of this work changed, not in any way. Transparency, accountability, opportunity and integrity are all cornerstones of this campaign. We believe that every person who stands with us stands with a voice, and if they choose to shout it out, we support them.
But we also recognize that some people are not in a place where they can raise their voice, and it is up to us to respect that choice — it is theirs to make. As much as we like to think that anyone can have an option and that opinion is permitted to be as loud as they want, we know that this simply is not the case.
Those few people in that situation do not represent the majority of our supporters, volunteers and contributors, but I think it is important that we respect their need for privacy, for their reasons are theirs to choose, and on this platform, we have no control over that—nor should we.
When looking through the donor list, please try to keep that in mind. I like to think that the people who support our campaign are people who share our desire for truth, accountability, transparency and integrity in every facet of our lives. If they are incapable of sharing their name on our donor list, I like to believe that it is for good personal reason.
Again, I want to thank all of our contributors, volunteers, supporters, media, and families who have given their time to help and support this campaign over the last few months. It's been a huge undertaking, one that demands that we all get involved. It's amazing to see momentum starting to take shape—and for that, Shelley and the Vote Shelley team are humbled and inspired.
Thank you all for everything that you do.
BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS! <3
- Idris Fashan
(First born son and digital campaign manager)
Keep them coming, folks! We have a Goal set, and we need your help getting there.
Thanks again for taking a stand for our communities!
I am simply asking for you to disclose the names of those individuals who gave you donations anonymously. Open transparency and accountability are all I ask for. It is a simple and valid request, and I thought it aligned with your campaign values. Thank you, Cathy Rhinehold
I am posting a comment and one only I am too busy as it is. First off, it was my son's idea to create the gofundme to raise funds. I don't even have a twitter so I am glad I have him to help me with my Facebook and website and gofundme. He has advised me that if someone makes an anonymous donation there is not any way for me to figure it out. As it is for candidate purposes any funds over $50.00 must be identified so don't worry about them they can't be used for the campaign, got it. As it is I have given that amount 100's of times over to people who need it. I have fought the good fight, I have committed not just a few months before the election but my whole life to women's rights, equality rights and workers rights. Many of the privileges women like you take for granted came on the struggle of women like me. So be a little respectful. I am disappointed that I am being mean spiritedly criticized. I need your help and you should be there for me. I have never done this before and I am sure make mistakes along the way but I have never taken anything from anyone that was not given openly. Don't vote for me it's your choice but I will not let you hurt me and try and taint my reputation . I have worked not five years not 10 year and not 20 years in my community, much longer my dear and again you need to show a little more respect. I am a proud African Nova Scotian woman and here is my phone number we can talk one on one. Instead of hiding behind a computer screen spewing hateful comments. It 902 488-6355.
If the beneficiary can see it, then all the more reason to fully disclose who made the 2 anonymous contributions. Please release the information for all citizens to see.
Cathy, you are possibly the only person who would have an issue with citizen (not an elected official with infkuence) accepting these donations. Keep in mind that they show as anonymous only on the public GoFundMe page. I believe the beneficiary sees who it is. In any event, it's GoFundMe that controls this. It's not Shelley hiding anything, and it's beyond her control. Cheers, John
I believe you may have been misinformed. I don't believe anonymous contributions are acceptable by any candidate, regardless of elected status. That implication simply does not make sense. Perhaps Shelley, a review of the rules are in order?
Keep in mind that Shelley is not an elected official. I think the transparency for campaign donations is only relevant for already elected officials who have influence over planning decisions etc. It's a different situation.
Shelley - I have a concern about the 2 Anonymous donations listed on your GofundMe site. How can you campaign on the premise of transparency when you have accepted cash funds from anonymous sources? I think to support accountability and transparency that ALL contributions should be open for scrutiny by the public. I'm quickly losing confidence as a result of this anonymous financial activity. Respectfully submitted, Cathy Rhinehold