So a local political blogger mentioned in a post earlier today Coun. Cam Guthrie "has announced he is running for Mayor."
That would be news to me if it's true, so I emailed Guthrie to ask him. I expected a one-word response rhyming with "Yo," but instead received the following:
I have received, and continue to receive, hundreds of expressions of support from across this city and I truly thank each and every person for their encouragement. Understandably, a decision such as this cannot be made lightly. I will not make any commitment at this time without the full support from my wife and children, and a sense of a true “calling” of serving Guelph in that role.
There’s a proper time and place for campaigns. They take a great amount of time, money and focus. Yet I was elected by Ward 4 to concentrate on the daily opportunities and challenges for our city. I also made a promise to the residents of Ward 4 to focus on important issues such as fiscal accountability, greater communication, more transparency and using common sense. I continue to work on bringing more commercial opportunities, addressing graffiti and looking for ways to link our ward to the rest of the city, all while respecting the hard earned tax dollars of our residents.
There is still much work to be done. In the meantime, I would encourage the citizens of Guelph to think very carefully of what type of Guelph they wish to wake up to in the fall of 2014. My hope is that it will be a city led by common sense, less government interference and making Guelph the best city in the world.