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ELECTION ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

OCTOBER 20, 2018

FORT LANGLEY GOLF COURSE

Good evening everyone, thank you for being with Debbie and me on another great post election party.

I would like to recognize that we are on the traditional territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo and Matsqui first nations.

I would like to introduce some dignitaries who are with us tonight.  Former 3 term Mayor Kurt Alberts, Diane Warawa representing her husband, Mark, MP for Langley-Aldergrove who is on his way to Ottawa, and Counsel General of the Solomon Islands, Mr. Ashwant Dwivedi. Thank you for being here tonight.

This campaign began one year ago when Kim Richter announced that she was going to run for mayor.  This has been one of the longest campaigns in Langley’s history.  However, I learned from the former mayor of Mississauga, Hazel MaCallion, who served from 1978 until 2014 when she retired at age 93.  Shortly after my first election I watched an interview by Rick Mercer who asked Hazel when she starts her campaign.  Hazel responded, “The day after the election”.  I took that advice seriously and have worked hard for 7 years to win the trust of the residents of Langley Township.

Well, things changed and my campaign had to adapt to the new reality and we were successful.

Its been a long road to get here and there are many people who need to be thanked and many more, I’m sure I’ll miss, but you know who you are.

First I want to thank my wife, Debbie, without whom I couldn’t do this.  Back in December, Debbie learned that she would once again have to fight for her life and battle cancer.  Debbie has a passion for Langley as you can tell from her annual Christmas Tea to support families through the Christmas bureau.  Debbie and I talked about my run for mayor and she stated emphatically that she wanted me to run.  So, thank you Debbie.  By the way, her results came back and no cancer.

My campaign manager, Deborah Silvester.  Thank you for keeping everything organized and working tirelessly on this campaign.  You have won your first campaign, congratulations!

John Cameron has helped me through the last two campaigns as manager and this time was there for me to give advice and kick a little butt.  Thanks John, and congratulations on winning in Surrey! (John was campaign manager for Mayor elect Doug McCallum)

Kate Amangoulova, my accountant.  Thank you for once again taking on the formidable task of keeping the books straight with all the new Elections BC rules.  You have been with me for every campaign.  Thank you.

Janice McWilliams, thank you for keeping the campaign office running, bringing coffee and cookies to the town hall meetings and organizing tonight’s party.

Tami and Tali Radke, thanks for the awesome website and helping me come up with #getonboardwithjack.  The website looks fantastic.

Jason Froese and Steve and Linda Hatcher, thanks for being the sign putter uppers and fixers.  You had some great help along the way, Jori, Kevin, Shaun, Marty and Charlie thanks for your help.

Our children, Jason and Amanda, Marilyn and Jenny and Ray, thanks for being my cheerleaders and being there when we needed help.  Even our grandchildren got into the act and helped get the signs ready, thank you Ethan, Jackson, Brendan, Brody and of course, Carson.

There are many people who helped out along the way, supporting by posting and sharing on social medial, stepping up to respond to Facebook posts, putting up signs and showing up to hear my campaign speech over and over again. Thank you!

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I would like to introduce Debbie’s mom and dad who are with us tonight.  Jack and Pat Hougen.  Jack was an alderman for Sumas Municipality and the District of Abbotsford.  I helped Jack on his last campaign and can say that he planted the seed for me to enter into politics.  Thank you both for all your support.

So here we are.  The hard work of the campaign is over.  I want to thank my opponents, Anna Reminick and Alex Joehl for running a good campaign and stepping up to take a run at the Mayor’s chair.

The 7 school trustee candidates, the 23 council candidates need to be congratulated for working hard to serve the Township.  Only 8 could win on Council and 5 on school board, but I’m sure those who didn’t make it this time have learned so much on what a great community we have, the issues and the challenges.  Thank you for putting your names forward and I know that everyone, whether you won or not, will continue to contribute to building the Township of Langley.

The Township of Langley has a 145 year history as an incorporated municipality.  The efforts of the first nations, our pioneers and the many mayors and councillors who have worked to get us where we are today was instrumental in making this the best municipality to live, work, play and farm in.  We are truly blessed with a staff of hard working men and women who make us elected officials look good.  Thank you to all staff of the Township of Langley who make it their career to serve our residents.  The new council has big shoes to fill to continue the work ahead.  But I’m sure every one of us is up to the challenge.

We have a new museum to fund and build, roads to repair and expand such as the 208 St. Corridor, working on the Brookswood/Fernridge neighbourhood plans, dealing with the new and emerging cannabis regulations and addressing serious issues such as homelessness, a new tree bylaw and ensuring our businesses and agriculture thrive.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I’m confident that together we can build on the foundation previous councils have laid for us.

Before I introduce the new council, I want to thank a 13 year councillor who has stepped down this term to take time to enjoy his grandchildren and retirement.  Charlie Fox has been a driving force in doing his part in making the Township what it is today.  Charlie served with 3 mayors, was there for the Langley Event Centre, the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre, MacLeod athletic park and many more great projects that we are enjoying today.  I especially want to thank Charlie for his tireless work in helping to make the new Youth Resource Centre a reality. Charlie you a have left a legacy for all Langley residents both today and well into the future.  So, Diane, you get Charlie back.  Thank you both for your service to the Township.

At this time I would like to introduce the new Council for 2018 to 2022 and if they are here please come forward when I announce you.

  • Councillor Kim Richter
  • Councillor elect Steve Ferguson
  • Councillor Bob Long
  • Councillor Blair Whitmarsh
  • Councillor David Davis
  • Councillor Petrina Arnason
  • Councillor elect Margaret Kunst
  • Councillor elect Eric Woodward.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your Council for the next 4 years.

Thank you, please stay and enjoy the evening with us.

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