THUNDER BAY – When I first put my name forward to run for City Council, I had no idea where this would lead. I had hoped to put a few signs out there, hand out some brochures, meet a few people and obtain more than just my wife and my votes. I remember how self-conscious I felt putting my two signs up in my front yard as the cars drove by and my neighbours looked on.
What I discovered through this adventure is that Thunder Bay is truly the remarkable place I thought it was and regardless of whether I win or not, this has been an amazing experience. The people of Thunder Bay have been so supportive and I have met so many wonderful people. My heart leapt the first time someone called and offered support. I could not wait to tell my wife of the first time someone offered to hand out my brochures. I cannot describe the feeling every time I drive pass one of my signs knowing someone felt strong enough to allow it to be placed there.
And the highlight for me: as I handed out my brochures before the mayors’ debate at the Auditorium, I was truly humbled by the level of recognition and support offered that night. Win or lose on the 25th, I will always cherish this experience. I give my heartfelt thanks to those who offered their hand to a new arrival. If by chance I do win, it is because of you and your efforts and belief.
Thunder Bay has so much to offer. Let us work together to make this city into what it should be – the jewel of Canada.
I wish everyone all the best in their future endeavours.