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A Promise from a Would-be Politician

This is my promise to you – the people of Airdrie. I will listen, I will work hard, and I will make decisions based on what is best for our community, but I will never compromise my values.

It’s been 115 days since I announced that I would be campaigning to be your next Mayor of Airdrie.  Prior to that I spent a good 3 months thinking about whether or not I should run, analyzing why I wanted to run, and sorting out what I wanted to campaign on if I decided to run.

Once I made the decision to run, I became immersed in the task at hand. In addition to my work, volunteer and family commitments, I have been busy trying to educate myself about municipal governance, policies, plans, programs, services and everything in between. It’s amazing how much there is to learn despite the fact that had a head start because I worked as a Community Developer at City Hall for 6 years.  Research takes up a great deal of my time, but I feel it’s important.

I have met with many people and groups (and still am) in order to better understand the concerns of our residents and the opportunities and challenges facing our municipality. I have met with City staff, regional representatives and politicians to ‘pick their brains’ and to glean as much information as I could about municipal politics, regional concerns and the like. I was lucky enough to meet with Naheed Nenshi, Chima Nkemdirim, Chief of Staff, City of Calgary (he was the Manager of Nenshi’s 2010 Mayoral Campaign) and Minister Stephanie McLean. I learned a great deal from the experiences of these leaders.

I have been writing website articles, blogs and posts in an effort to help the voters of Airdrie understand who I am, what I stand for and why running for Mayor is important to me. I am running for what I believe in – because Airdrie is important to me. I am running a campaign that makes sense to me and that flows from my values.

It’s important to me that I run a campaign that is close to my heart and which I believe in 100%. Although I have a strong team of advisors and volunteers, I am the leader of my campaign; I make the final decisions based on what feels right to me.

I want our residents to vote on election day based on which candidate’s platform resonates the most with them. If it’s me – fantastic; it it’s not me, that’s okay. That’s the beautiful thing about a democracy – people chose who they want to lead their community and who they want to represent their interests.

I have learned a great deal in these past 115 days, but not nearly as much as I have learned in the past 53 years. During those years, I have learned what I value above all else: family, community, honesty, integrity, kindness, generosity and hard work. Whatever happens in this election, I want to hold my head up high knowing that I stood up for what I felt was right but that I never once compromised my values. Whatever the result of the election, I want to be able to look in the mirror and know that I did what I thought was best and that I did it with honesty and integrity.

I have the desire and capacity to learn, I have the ability to lead and to inspire, I have the heart for this community, but I don’t have the stomach for negative campaigning. I’d rather lose by playing fairly and with integrity than win by negative campaigning.