Since Guy Boutilier resigned his seat on Council all those weeks ago, I’ve been inundated with the daily question; “Is Toddske going to run for Council?”.
I must admit I am flattered to even be asked. Now whether or not these people seriously think I can make a positive contribution to our Municipal Council or they’re just looking to see what kind of fool I can make of myself remains to be seen. Either way, I take it as a compliment!
A great Mayor of ours once said, “To be an elected official, you have to put the community ahead of your family”. I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. So much in fact, it’s the reason why I won’t be throwing my name in the hat for the upcoming Municipal By-Election.
My son, Kingston, is a very active 7 years-old. He’s a child of two worlds as me and his mother separated when he was only 1. As a single father, it’s my soul responsibility to ensure he gets exactly what he needs…and one of his biggest needs is to have a father there for him. I have no issue cancelling a podcast, rescheduling a meeting or delaying an event if my son requires something of me. If, by some miracle, I would be elected then that means I would be short-changing the residents of Wood Buffalo. There are a lot of things that weigh heavily on my conscience, but that can’t be one of them.
I’ve never been one to play the “political” game; I like to speak what’s on my mind, whether it’s appropriate or not, and that tends to get me trouble. What I do have is a deep love for this community and its future. I plan to be spending my life here and what I want is too see this community prosper, not only for our current residents to enjoy but those of my son’s generation. If I was to ever run for Council it would be on that merit; me wanting to do what’s right for our region and nothing more.
I have the utmost respect for those that serve the community and those that put their names forward in an election. I hope to do a podcast with all the candidates to see what they have to offer us. It takes a lot to put the community ahead of family and it’s something I cannot do at this point in time.
#Toddske4Council…not yet, but maybe in the future. Until then, I’ll be throwing in my 2 cents worth whether it’s wanted or not!