Thank you for the support, everyone! Full-steam ahead!
The feedback I’m getting is that I’m a smart, approachable guy, a good guy — “why not Craig Chamberlain — voting for Craig is like voting for yourself” — someone who would be a good councillor for Ward 3.
So, in all humility, thank you again.
When I filed my candidate nomination papers on the last day to do so in 2010, I said I’d campaign without signs, and I did just that.
One of the main comments I received after that election was that I had to run again and to use signs. I will be doing that.
Key comments to me since filing my papers as a candidate this January have been — and it’s good to be confirmed in this:
- Concerns about the wasteful use of tax dollars
- Concerns about the affordability of city services
- Councillors who don’t return calls or reply to emails
- A council that is not listening, has its own agenda
- Priorities at City Hall
- Demoralized city staff, a dysfunctional City Hall
I campaigned hard for you on issues such as priorities and affordability when I ran for council in 2010, and it’s good to see that the issue of affordability is now being included in how City Hall talks about issues. But there is still a disconnect between City Hall and people’s realities, something I also campaigned on, in 2010.
With this election and your support, we can take YOUR message to YOUR City Hall.
I’m not the type of guy who will throw people under the bus, and I won’t be doing that to the city’s front line staff. There is a serious morale issue within the City and make no mistake, it is very costly. But I’m a “look to the top first” type of guy. I am truly about accountability.
So yes, the buck would stop with me as your councillor. Period.
Finally, I have been asked about the votes I received in 2010, which of course wouldn’t have been possible without support from Ward 3. Thank you to everyone who voted for me and also, thank you to those who thought about voting for me in 2010.
Here are the Ward 3 election results from 2010:
Incumbent: 2296 votes (29.45%)
Incumbent: 2202 votes (28.24%)
Craig Chamberlain: 1680 votes (21.55%)
Candidate: 799 votes, (10.25%)
Candidate: 498 votes (6.38%)
Candidate: 320 votes (4.10%)
There will be issues coming forward and debated in the lead up to Election Day, October 27th — the question is who on the next council will be voting on your behalf on those issues, and importantly, who will be voting for you on issues which have yet to emerge.
Who do you want voting on your behalf? Who do you want to reach out to when you have a problem?
Please support me in this run to serve you as your Ward 3 councillor, because all things considered, “voting for Craig is like voting for yourself”.
Thanks again, everyone.
Updated March 2/14: (Wow!! Thank you!!)