I’ve decided to run for council in the municipality of North Grenville again. I’ve spent the past four years listening, reading, researching and even writing about our local municipal government and issues of local importance. I feel that I’m very well-prepared to not only to address the issues that affect North Grenville residents, but I’m ready to hit the ground running and start working on those issues immediately. Here are several of my guiding motivations;
1 – I want to help people and make a difference in my community. I have lived in the municipality of North Grenville for just over six years and I love it! I grew up in a small town, but had lived in Ottawa for the previous 17 years. I’m much more comfortable in a small town. I like to be able to get to know my neighbours, talk to people and hear their concerns and stories. The residents of North Grenville are very generous and I want to do whatever I can to support their community efforts. This is one of the best ways that I can think of, to do that.
2 – I’ve had an interest in politics for years, but don’t like how party politics can divide us. Public service should be about bringing people together to work for the benefit of everyone. We have many residents with considerable skills, experience, education and passion for their community, who could make significant contributions to improving the quality of life in North Grenville. We should have more community advisory committees so that they have an opportunity to contribute to the decision-making that affects all of us.
3 – You might say that municipal politics are in my blood. My grandfather and grandmother on my mother’s side of the family were both municipal councillors in different terms. My grandfather campaigned on having safe roads and infrastructure because he was a Superintendent of Roads before retiring and getting involved in council. My grandmother campaigned on working hard and getting rid of those on the council who don’t want to work hard for the residents. So I would like to think that they would be proud of me for both my commitment and my efforts.
4 – My son. He is actually #1 on this and all other lists. He makes me want to become a better person, father and man. When your son says to you “Dad, I hope you’re running again. I know how much you care about people and how happy it makes you.”