Residents were talking change and they got it after last night’s municipal election. Some wanted change in a different council list but the electorate has spoken and made a choice. If some of your new council hopefuls are not around the table, like a couple of mine, there is a good reason. We had a solid pool of stand up, capable people to choose from. This is something we should be thankful for. The debate about how many new faces was one discussion but when it was anybody’s guess as to which ones would prevail suggests a strong field.
We need to look at the fact there were almost 30 people who were willing to give us four years of their lives to try and make Cornwall a better place, that city with a world of possibilities that we call ourselves, if you will. The fact that many of us had to do some real research and ask a lot of questions of the candidates and our peers to see where their heads were at indicates to me that we had plenty of quality choices and only a limited number of seats.
I want to thank all who let their name stand and remind them that they should be proud to have stood in front of everybody and not just say “I want change” but put their name forward to get into the trenches and make that happen. They need to remember the way to help the city is not just around the council table. They can get involved as a lay appointee on committees, help local charities, champion the city, provide feedback to those who got in and just find a way to contribute to the change they were championing during their election run. We are limited only by our imaginations. If you are truly passionate about this city you can still be part of the change and part of future successes.
It’s now time to step up or shut up. What I mean by that is, no matter who is around the table, we need to support them, help them and give them time to learn, gel as a group and provide whatever support we can. There is a lot of work to be done and we can do so much more together.
I had a few conversations last night with some candidates who are on the outside looking in. Their disappointment was from their passion to help and make a difference and for that I applaud them. Don’t take the results personally, hold your heads high and continue your efforts and contributions to this great city.
One final note. It’s not up to just the new mayor and council to move this city forward, it’s up to all of us. How will you contribute. We should all look back on the last four years and figure out what we could do better. We’ve got four more years to improve as well. How are we going to move forward as a community together?
A proud Cornwallite,