Over the span of the next six weeks you will be inundated with election promises, platforms, and platitudes. And, when it’s all said and done, you’ll be asked to vote for a person not a policy. Issues and concerns come and go and they’re reflective of each time and place. I know this first hand: I’ve served you as a City of Kitchener Councillor for 22 years and as a Regional Councillor for eight.
I’m seeking re-election because I care deeply about our region and I sincerely believe that experience matters at a table of discussion. In fact, it matters now more than it ever has, as we welcome in a new Regional Chair.
I know our history. I was born and raised in this region by my hardworking, loyal, and committed parents. They were both WWII veterans and they gifted me stories of the past, of what it was like to live in this region when times were difficult and at times, hard to bear. I listened. And, I learned. I learned the importance of loyalty to family; both the one in your home and the ones outside of it. They raised me to be hardworking and committed to things that make differences in the lives of those around me, and their influence has very much inspired me to serve my community as a politician in this region. This region is “my home” in every sense of the word.
I’m conscious of present issues, and I’m sensitive to how future decisions will affect all of us long term. And, quite simply, because I’m still passionate about embracing the challenges that lie ahead. These challenges include our economic growth, our safe communities, and having integrated transportation.
Over the past 30 years, I’ve chaired and sat on many City of Kitchener and Regional Committees. My record of public service has been successfully balanced with my commitment to my family and dedication to business. I’m committed to listening to you and to all those who bring perspective to each decision we make at a regional level. Weighing the options and making decisions anchored in the information available, I’m committed to offering my insight and experience. I have the skill set to “hit the ground running” and to work hard on behalf of all of you.
Our region has been very fortunate to have had sustainable growth over the years. Our decisions have been based on prudent budgeting and good planning. I think I can speak for all elected officials that we take our oath of office seriously, and we all have the best interests of everyone in mind. In the past, I have supported small inflationary increases or less than inflation increases. Growing municipalities need to do just that: set priorities, budget for them, and get public feedback so we are led into the future with a solid foundation. I can proudly say that I’ve done this during my many years in public office and I’m committed to doing it in the future.
I believe it’s not what you say, it’s what you do that counts in leadership. I ask for your vote of confidence on October 22nd, 2018 so that I can continue to make sure that the taxes you pay are spent wisely and so that together, we can grow and develop this region into a place we all love to call home.
Thank you for your continued support.