Each candidate was given three minutes to speak for a spot on Rogers Cable TV recently. Here is what I said (in about two minutes):
Municipal politics is really quite simple. It’s all about people.
Caring about the people you live and work with.
Caring if seniors can afford their taxes. Caring if the sidewalk in front of your neighbour’s house is in good repair.
Caring about parents who had to drive for hours on dark, snowy roads to get their kids to hockey practice in another town because there was no place to play here.
Caring whether the garbage gets picked up, or if there enough places to park your bicycle.
And caring if we have enough doctors and nurses to take care of everyone.
It’s about caring for everyone of every age, and trying to do what’s best so we can all benefit.
It’s also about caring for the places and spaces where people play and work.
Caring about our beautiful parks where you take your dog and your family to.
Caring whether there are empty stores downtown, or if the roads are too bumpy.
Saving a few pieces of green space from development so families don’t lose everything wild and natural around them.
It’s about making sure our trails are safe to ride on. Making sure our streets are safe, and that our homes are safe from fire and vandalism.
It’s about making sure people can afford to live here and that we have industries and business so people can work here, too.
I care about all of these.
But caring alone isn’t enough. You have to do something about it. You need to take action. And that’s what I do as your representative.
I make the decisions I sincerely believe are in the best interests of the whole community.
The decisions that matter most to everyone. Not just to my friends, or my colleagues, or some group I might belong to.
I have the experience to help guide this town through another four years. I have a solid, clear vision of how I want this community to grow and develop. And I am passionate about my role as councillor.
Please re-elect me. I will always put the interests and the needs of the greater good first because that’s what politics means to me.
Thank you for listening and I look forward to your support.