One week ago, I announced that I am seeking the Ontario Liberal Party nomination in London North Centre. (And in case you missed the announcement, you can watch it above).
It’s been a wonderful, exciting, energizing and all around awesome week. I was humbled by the volunteers who turned up for our campaign launch, connecting with thousands of Londoners during and since the announcement. I am thankful for the outpouring of support, encouragement, advice, and feedback over the past seven days.
The question I’ve been asked most over the past week is why I am running. My answer is simple. I’m running because I believe that politics matters, and who we elect matters. Decisions at Queen’s Park impact our lives, and our city. You deserve a representative who believes in you, and who wants to build a fairer, better Ontario. I’m running because I’m worried about what will happen to the projects, investments and initiatives underway if we see a change in government. I’m running because I want to live in a province where we invest in communities - particularly mid-sized cities like London - and where the uniqueness of those communities are reflected in provincial decisions. I’m running because I believe London, our province, and our party need to aim higher. I’m running because I want to be a part of that change.
Stepping into politics for the first time can be daunting. Even after years of following politics closely - as a public servant, as a PhD student, as a volunteer and as a citizen - this first step has been a remarkable experience for me, and it’s only been a week.
Thank you to everyone who has taken time to be a part of this campaign so far, including supporters and those bringing forward different opinions. We share an interest in making positive change in our city, and a willingness to step up.
If you haven’t yet done so, please join the team. This is our chance to shape decisions that ultimately will affect us all. I’m excited to be on this journey with you.
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