Last week, at the monthly general meeting of the Ratepayers Association, two more candidates stepped forward to put their names on the list of wannabe councillors for our upcoming municipal election.
They are Marlene Anctil and Doreen Glavin, both of whom presently sit on the Ratepayer executive board. Well known and tenacious individuals who do not have their tongue in their pocket (wouldn’t this be a welcome relief from the ‘Yes Men’ we have now).
This is good news. Marlene and Doreen now join Ed Strembecki, Dean Ward and Sasha JaegerBaird as declared candidates for a position on council.
Now let me say for the record that it is my hope that these individuals who are ^not^ presently sending in letters to the editor or writing on blogs using their own name will start doing so. Using social media or any other forum to declare your positions, taking a stand, letting residents know where you are coming from is important and should not be left until the last minute. Its important that residents here get a good sense beforehand of what you are all about, and the sooner the better.
I for one will be very reluctant to vote for anyone (irregardless if they are personally a household name) who waits until the last day (nomination day (Sept. 23)) to declare, and then hides behind a two minute opening speech at our typically one and only election forum and answers at best maybe a couple of questions both at this said forum and in the newspapers Q&A section. I do not want to be hoodwinked again. I want to know who I’m voting for, and why. Hopefully, my readers this time around don’t want to be either.
So for those who have already declared and for those thinking about it don’t lollygag, get with it, and start making a name for yourselves and give us a reason why we should vote for you? Some are already doing this using social media, others take stands publicly at Ratepayer meetings and this is good, but more is needed and wanted. Waiting until the last minute does yourself and our community a disservice and will I think this time around only hurt your chances.
Besides, if you’re too scared to stand up now what makes you think you’ll be able to do it later, or that we’ll care? Now’s your chance to test the waters, get a feel for public life and gauge for yourself whether or not you feel capable and willing to serve your community in an official capacity. It is also our chance to get educated by you. Edumacate us. Keep in mind that philosophical differences are good and should be aired and clearly stated so the voters have some choice.
Know this though, the job won’t be easy. Our municipality is in a mess right now, including our finances. It looks like our costs have gotten out of control which very well may hamper or hobble our future. Our illustrious leaders instead of working from day one to increase revenues (exclusive of solely digging into our pockets) and productivity have instead chosen to increase costs and saddle us with a top heavy administration in the process. It seems this council’s philosophy has been one of increased government, no matter what. This will need to be rectified, changes will need to be made, prior actions rescinded, reorganization taken, and rebuilding of our volunteer base and community spirit must also be at the top of the list of things that will have to be done.
There will be a lot work ahead, and workers we will need to set things straight again. If you feel up to the task then lets hear from you. Make yourself known and start speaking up, for we are all dying to hear from you. Be the change you want to see in the Pass. It starts with you!
In closing, let me just say people here need to start taking municipal politics as seriously as they do provincial and federal. They need to do there homework. This time around we don’t need to be voting for a name not knowing the man or woman. Voting for a Mr. Nice Guy, who’s jovial and a glad-hander is not what we need again at this time when we’re going through difficult times. What’s needed is someone who is both experienced and qualified to deal with some of the major issues affecting people’s lives here. Someone joined by a team of like-minded, yet independent thinking individuals, who have a passion for this community and its people, whether they be long-time residents or newcomers.
We can’t give up on each other. A marriage of sorts has to take place here “A ‘perfect marriage’ is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.” Know that none of us is perfect, we all have faults, so don’t be shy and step forward. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Take that first step by standing up and speaking out and join the others who have already done so, on a journey to makes things better in our little part of the world.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.