On May 9, there will be a municipal election in New Brunswick. It will be the first election in a number of years that I have not been a candidate, or considered being a candidate. There are a couple reasons behind this. One, I am working two jobs. I find myself too busy to dedicate myself to the work needed to get myself elected. Two, I am living in rural New Brunswick that is part of an unincorporated local service district (LSD). The members of the LSD committee are appointed by government to serve as advisors for Department of Environment and Local Government. Three, I want to begin the process of organizing Miramichi and getting everything in order for the NB NDP for the 2018 provincial election.
But that said, and in this municipal election season, I will leave the partisan aside. I may come out in favour of a candidate or two, but this would be my personal endorsement, not a party endorsement. I think every candidate who puts their name forward is interested in building a better province, a better city, a better community. I want to wish them all the best. And I want to thank them for putting their name forward.
I hope that wherever you live, if you have an election, that you will pay close attention. I hope that you will seek out your candidates, ask some great questions, keep them on their toes. If you don’t have an election, consider reaching out to Elections New Brunswick. Consider the idea of offering your labour to help democracy in action.