What a ride that was.
I wanted to bring a campaign of substance. A campaign of detailed ideas to improve our community. A voice for people on the margins of our community. Deep ideas about how we govern. A commitment to making government more inclusive, and engaging – a place to come together for good. A positive, hopeful campaign. That mission has been accomplished. I am so very proud of what we did together.
It was about a year ago that I started to talk to a small group of people about running for regional council. Several times I was asked whether regional council was a right spot to shoot for – it’s always a tough race with great candidates, tricky logistics trying to fund and run a campaign across the city. Maybe another race would be a better place to start?
My response was always the same: regional government is where my skills and experiences meet, I knew I would bring passion to the job, and knew it was a place I could make an impact. And if I didn’t win? Then I would get to refocus on making an impact in other ways in our community.
That’s my plan, and I can’t wait to get to work improving our community in many different ways.
But first, some thanks.
I’m so blessed to have a loving and supportive family who were all behind me. A partner and spouse with so much patience, understanding, and dedication. Friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and people I got to meet along the way who supported me. The incredible number of people who helped this campaign along with their time, talent, and treasure. I had no idea that this campaign could unfold the way it did. You all taught me that.
At its core, this campaign had a really amazing group. You know who you are, but I don’t think you will ever know how grateful I am.
Often in municipal campaigns you run a campaign alone, or with a few helpful folks. I had a community of people behind me, and I’m so very grateful for that. It has been an amazing experience, and I thank you for everything. I look forward to our next interactions in this beautiful community of ours.
With tremendous thanks for your support,
PS – We have quite a few signs out there and could really use some help collecting them! If you have some time today or in the next couple of days and can help, please send an email to email@example.com and let us know!