Let me begin by thanking you for your confidence in me to serve for another term as city councillor in Ward 5. Thank you to my fellow candidates — Scott Butler, Bob Senechal, “Jim” Galatianos, Alex Green and Cathy Downer — for respectful and civil campaigns that focused on important city issues. It was a great opportunity for all of us to challenge the status quo, bring forward new ideas, and share our passion for building a great city.
Recently, the Guelph Tribune published comments made by me on election night, within minutes of learning that our current mayor had been defeated, that make it seem that I am not a team player. I spoke about “feeling pretty good” that the new council would include seven “progressive” faces. I have no intent to play divisive politics for the next four years. My role as a city councillor is to think independently, collaboratively and to engage in active and frequent consultation with constituents of Ward 5.
Later the same evening, I also said “A mayor’s responsibility to council is to build a team and build trust, that’s going to take time and then we all have to roll up our sleeves…we have an amazing city.” In this spirit, I have already spoken to our new Mayor-Elect Cam Guthrie and pledged by commitment to build a strong team at City Hall, and to work collaboratively with all new and returning members of Council.
I make the same pledge to you. Divisive politics has no place in City Hall, it only hurts our community. The campaign is over and we have work to do.
My commitment to residents of Ward 5 and all citizens of Guelph:
- to work collaboratively with all members of council,
- to respect and actively listen to diverse opinion on all issues,
- to proactively seek public input on city and ward issues,
- to actively communicate with residents through multiple media formats,
- to be open and inclusive of new councillors, new ideas and new perspectives.
Let’s all collectively work together to make sure that the media, desktop critics and anonymous social media trolls, never veer us off our path to keep Guelph united, strong and caring.