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29 Oct 2010 What a ride!
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The campaign this year has left me tired and in need of time off. But that will not happen anytime soon as November will be a very busy month getting new council up to speed.

Before we get to council I would like to acknowledge the citizen’s of Steinbach for the support I received during the last 4 year term, the campaign and at the polls. It truly is humbling experience.

I need to thank Audrey, my beautiful wife, friend, listener, compasionate person I get to spend my time with.

To my children Brett & Natalie who have provided those fun grandchildren in Brody and Madison, and Britta & Aaron supporting me from Calgary.

Others who made a difference where like Ron & Rhonda Friesen who kept challenging if enough was being done to get my name out there. Herb (the sign guy) Martel for putting up my signs and moving them every few days. To Ian Penner da scrutineer, Rudy Nikkel for working on this website, Matt Penner reading through my press releases, and all the contacts that encouraged me along the way.  Of course where would I be without the counselling of the MIT Cycling group who provided me with too much feedback each Saturday mornings on our rides.

I will miss Abe Hiebert and Roy Enns on this council. Both brought years of life skills, council and committee experience to meetings.

New council will be interesting. I have gone from being second youngest to second oldest on council. Michael and myself are the longest service councillors, each one term. Cari has sat on council previously, while process has changed she will fit the environment quickly.

Susan, John, Earl will have a learning curve as they will find out quickly that it is easy to make a decision when reading through material, then when faced with the faces of the public and listening to both sides they need to speak to the issue. I look forward to working with each of them.

To our Mayor, Chris Goertzen, have appreciated his candor at meetings, how meetings are run and his vision for Steinbach. In my opinion did an outstanding job in his first term as mayor.

So now the work really begins….

26 Oct 2010 To all Candidates for Councilor in City of Steinbach
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A note of thanks to all candidates for putting your name forward to as councilor for City of Steinbach. Thank you for working through door to door and attending the various forms put on.
I think it would be fair to say we all learnt more about our city and the people who chose to live here. It has been great getting the feedback, positive or negative as our vision for Steinbach is challenged.  Through those challenges we can clarify our vision.

All the best to each of you on Election day, Oct 27.

Thanks Roy Enns for sharing this article.
Here is an article from AMM that I came across this morning as well as their web link – a worthy read if you have a moment.

A primary reason many candidates haven’t given up on negative campaign ads is that they often work,” says Kuzmeski. “Negative ads can be a very effective way to turn the electorate one way or the other. What I think candidates should consider is what kind of connector do you want to be? What do you want the foundation of your relationships with your constituents to be? Remember, it’s a small world, and burning a bridge today may hurt you in the future. I think you build stronger relationships both in business and politics when they come from a place of honesty and positivity. Make sure you always take the ethical high road. Don’t make decisions based on how they might negatively affect your business or political career. Do what’s right and you will have nothing to be ashamed of and much success down the road.”

Our campaign had many opportunities to promote ourselves through negative campaign ads.  The fact it didn’t happen speaks of the professionalism of the candidates and shows that they where all running for the right reasons.  I appriecated that candidates stuck to the issues and didn’t make them personal. It was good to have the different discussions and I learnt from each of you. Thanks