Good day everyone. Thank you so much for your vote of confidence on Monday. Thank you all for following the issues within this form of media. It was interesting and I must say very good for me. My blogs have allowed me to think through carefully all the issues and what I wish to accomplish during this term in office. Will they all get done. Probably not but I will work very diligently to address all the issues in a concise and pragmatic manor so as to allow everyone a say in the solution.
I must also congratulate all the other candidates that worked hard during this campaign. It was a hard fought campaign with some good issues being brought to the fore front. You need to be proud of the successes you had and your ability to navigate through a very steep learning curve. Your issues will become part of my platform and my solutions over this term.
It takes courage to place yourself in front of the public and to work at getting them to believe in your abilities. To develop a trust factor that will allow them to see you as Their representative. It is also very hard to prepare yourself for what might happen on election day. All of us must prepare for that possibility and all us have knots in our stomach until the final numbers are in.
I must thank all the citizens that have placed their trust in me again and returned me to this office. I am humbled by this trust and confidence. I am prepared to play a strong role in this council and to find solutions that will help our city and our ward. We have come a long way in our journey and we continue to move forward in the next 4 years.
Being fiscally responsible to ALL the constituents is critical. Both your re-elected councillors are very cognizant of the cost of government and the fact that we have some major decisions that will be made during this term. Stay tuned for updates in my blogs and our bi-annual ward meetings at Tim Horton on Elizabeth street. They seem to be successful and I need to continue this important format of gathering information from our constituents. It helps us get the pulse of the community and allows us to garner the information necessary to present to council.
Ladies and gentleman, please be prepared to participate in our budget, regular council, public information meetings, etc. Your input is necessary for us to make the most informed decisions on all issues. Believe me when I say you are first and foremost the reason why we are doing this job and the reason we need to continue to hear from you at all times. Although we are going to have our ward meetings, it is important for you to contact us immediately with any difficulty. There were many individuals that simply were very frustrated and had not made any calls to either Angie or I. A small issue that has an easy fix can become a frustrating issue if left to long.
Please follow us and keep us informed at all times. You don’t need to wait to speak to us. My phone number is on the city/ this personal website and on all the literature that was given out during the campaign. Please keep me up to date on the areas you feel are important to you. I am prepared to address them whether positive or negative.
One more time “Thank you” so much and please stop me when you see me out and about or working on my flower beds or just visit me at home. I am retired and when not at a meeting I am home.