I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to support me in the past six weeks. Whether it was putting up signs, or doing a flyer drop, or just talking to neighbours about my platform... please accept my sincerest thanks and gratitude.
This wasn't easy. When you commit to doing something like this, you really put yourself out there. People you have never met before come out and criticize and judge you based on a couple hours of internet research. On the same token, people who you have never met before come out of nowhere to offer their expertise in running an elections campaign Amy Lee Marlene Laverty Labelle and David & Marilyn Jenkins. Longtime friends drop what they are doing and generously offer to help Jonathan M. Ball Samantha AK Ball David White Kerri Lynn Chartrand Kelli Warren Roxanne Bronsard Keith Gallagher. They commit countless volunteer hours to the campaign because they believe in you! This is a very humbling experience and I did not want to let them down.
In five weeks, I made every effort to talk to people through social media, knocking on doors or just chatting people up while doing groceries. I participated in a televised and public debate for the first time. I held a couple of 'meet & greets'. I made time to answer everybody who had a question for me or wanted to share a concern about their community. I had gathered a lot of information about how city hall operates (and the track record of our councillor for the past eight years) and I wanted to share this information with as many people as I could. This was my MO from the start and I feel that I succeeded in doing that.
In the end, the result of the election did not really matter to me (that much). To unseat the incumbent on your first try is unheard of... especially as a last minute candidate. My goal was to get 35% of the vote. If I hit that number, that would mean that I succeeded in getting my message across and that people in Ward 6 were becoming engaged.
We got 40%.
I can't help but be disappointed with the voter turnout. We had only 44% of eligible voters who took the time to vote. The city voter turnout was at 30%. Despite what happened last week on Parliament Hill and with Remembrance Day just around the corner, 7 out of 10 people decided to NOT exercise their privilege to vote. This is a sad sign of the times. There are a lot of young men and women laying in cemeteries around the world who gave up everything so that we may have this simple right. There is simply NO good excuse for not voting.
Once again, a big thank you to everyone for your encouragement and support. This has been a great experience for me and I will member these past six weeks for the rest of my life. Please STAY ENGAGED! STAY DILIGENT! Let our councillor(s) and our mayor know that we will be watching and we will be holding them accountable for all their action or inactions. Let them know we will not stand idly by while they waste millions of our tax dollars! If a nobody (like myself) can come out of nowhere to garner 40% of the vote, think about what we could accomplish as an engaged and unified community!
Take care all and we'll see you in the village!