So we certainly didn't get the result we were hoping for last night. We knew it was a long shot. We had some excellent candidates with strong campaigns in Ward 5. I congratulate our new Councillor Sarah Hamilton and look forward to seeing great things from her in the future!
My attitude was that I might lose the race but we would always win. We ran a campaign based on aspirations toward values of love, service, hope, community, magnanimity and humility combined with a commitment to prudence, responsibility and hard work along with a willingness to look people in the eye, listen earnestly and speak candidly. I'm proud of the fact that through the race this influenced other candidates and inspired people in the community. Over the course of four community forums observers noted that the other candidates began to infuse more and more of these ideas into their remarks, that they became less "I" and more "we", they became less and less scripted and appeared more frank and forthright. One gentleman said "James, they're all starting to sound like you now!" A religious leader came up after one forum and said this race changed his mind about what politicians could be like!
It has been awesome to see the way this has influenced our kids, other young people, our friends and supporters. Our family will have memories of their experiences from this race forever, people who hadn’t paid much attention to politics before got involved and learned a tonne while others have been inspired to take their involvement a step further and next time perhaps will run themselves.
These are just a few of the positive impacts that have come about through this process so THANK YOU all for your words of encouragement, your support, and for some, your time and effort outside during those cold and wet nights on the doorsteps. I will be forever grateful and look forward to opportunities to return the favour!
Let's see what the future holds!