Thank you!

I want to take this moment to thank all my fellow candidates. We’ve run a clean campaign. Of that, I am proud.

Nobody wins alone. I want to thank everyone who helped we win. You know who  you are.

But mostly, I want you to know that tonight, you made my dream come true. Not everyone dreams of public office but I do. I want you to know that your trust and respect and support means the world to me.

Monday, I will go to the city. I will find the office and I will post my office hours. Your voice matters. And for the next four years, it will matter to me.

Keep in touch. We all have a role to play in the future of Salmon Arm. Thank you for your support. I couldn’t be more proud or more happy. Thank You.

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By the numbers

 

The work is done. Now it comes down to the numbers. Win or lose, it’s been a meaningful few weeks of campaigning. I enjoyed meeting new people and visiting with familiar faces. Am thankful to my neighbours, my friends and mostly my family for being such good sports about the whole thing.

 

Thank You!

See you after the polls close. A few numbers to keep in mind as you head to the ballot box.

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Population of Salmon Arm 17,085
Number of eligible voters (est) 12,982
Ballots cast in 2011 5,108
Voter turnout 39%

City of Salmon Arm budget (est) $30,000,000
Number of households 7,700
Median Earnings (2010) $38,147
Median Age 48.2

Candidates for Mayor 4
Candidates for Council 15

Number of votes it takes to make a difference? One.

Please vote.

 

We are the runners. You are the time clock.

Now – with two days to go until the vote is finalized – is a good time, in my view, to thank all the candidates and their dedicated support teams for running. We all want to cross that finish line, look up at the time clock and see that we’ve made the cut. Truth is, only one mayoral candidate and six councillors will make it in Salmon Arm. But we’ve all run a race and for that, we should all be proud. It’s hard work. And I won’t lie. I’m a bit tired and a bit nervous but I know I can find it within me to make that final push to the finish line. I know this of my fellow candidates too. It’s important to me that citizens recognize the commitment and dedication of those who run for public office, win or loose.

But mostly, it’s important for candidates to recognize that the electorate is monitoring the race, keeping time, making decisions, weighing options, asking questions and getting informed.

As a candidate, I am grateful to you. Your job is more important than ours. We are the runners. You are the time clock.

48ish hours to go. tick, tick, tick.

What’s a voter to do?

I want to thank everyone who’s stopped me on the street, at the grocery store, in the school yard and around town. Your support is important to me and much appreciated.

Some might say that the candidates have the biggest role to play in an election. I happen to think that role belongs to the voters.

There’s plenty to do between the time when candidates file their nomination papers and voting day.

A few things come to mind.

1) Do your research
Most candidates have an online presence of some kind. Your district or municipality has a website. Research the issues that are important to you. Check out budgets, meeting minutes, reports. There’s plenty to keep you informed.

2) Ask questions
Candidates are happy to take questions and comments. They’ll answer your e-mails or even meet you for coffee. Go ahead. That’s what we’re here for.

3) Share your stories
The time you spend discussing the election with friends and family are important conversation we need to have. I’ve seen some great discussions on facebook. I wish we could engage with one another like this in between elections rather than just during them.

4) Adopt a non-voter
Chances are, more than half of your friends and family don’t vote – only 40% of us did last time. Consider helping a non-voter find the information they need to learn about the candidates and get to the polls

5) Vote
In all likelihood, if you’re reading this, that’s pretty much a guaranteed thing. So thanks for that.

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