ELECTION DAY LOOMING - FINAL THOUGHTS
Saturday , November 15 is of course the last opportunity to vote municipally for 4 years.
It is really important to consider the total package - Mayor AND Council - in your voting. Together they make a team , and there has to be a willingness on the part of all to work together for the betterment of the City. That does not mean they have to always agree, however, the energy must be directed towards achieving common goals, not towards trying to make the other person look bad, or wishing they had never been elected in the first place. It should be a group that focusses on positives, not on whether they "got their way" , or won a particular vote.
So when you make your decision on who to vote for (if you haven't already) please keep those thoughts in mind.
Some other things to consider:
- Is this likely the best job the candidate has ever had? The Council acts as the Board of Directors of a multi-million dollar corporation - the members and their abilities and experience should reflect that.
- Does the candidate have some evidence of community involvement? Being a member of Council is probably the ultimate community service , but you should have "apprenticed" a bit before you become a "community leader".
- Does the candidate have a real desire to contribute, or is he there "just to fix things"? A single-issue candidate is not what you want to elect. Four years is a long time, and being on Council is an incredibly diverse experience. Once you "fix" your issue , what are you going to do for the remaining 3 1/2 years or whatever?
Those were just some thoughts for your consideration. The main message is really to ensure you get out to vote - do not be complacent, and assume nothing. Your vote counts !