Most people will agree on one thing in politics. It takes a lot of courage and conviction to run in an election.
While I don’t disagree with that thought I have come to view running for office from an entirely different perspective. The last four months have been an eye opening experience for me and I’m sure many other first time candidates. I’ve long cared about the concerns in my community but until I got out to talk with people as a candidate I never fully appreciated the depth of issues. Every day I learned something new. It’s been an honour to put my name forth for the McKellar ward and meet the folks and hear their concerns. As a candidate you really appreciate what a learning experience it is.
There are many people I’d like to thank. First and foremost the people who got out and voted. Not just those who voted for me but those who spoke out for our community. Seeing the increased voter turnout was gratifying and shows how much people really do care. I also want to thank my family and friends for their support this year. The decision to run was made long before I entered the race and wouldn’t have been possible without their encouragement and support. Lastly I want to thank the other 3 candidates in the race. They are activists, advocates, community organizers and volunteers who put their heart into this city. Congratulations are in order to Brian Hamilton. His years of community work and selfless acts will serve the constituents of McKellar well.
I finish this election experience feeling a renewed sense of community spirit and engagement. This is the one of the most dynamic council changes we’ve ever seen in our young city’s life. I wish everyone the best and look forward to continuing to contribute to our community.