My Congratulations to Mayor Elect Patrick Brown

Congratulations to Mayor-Elect Patrick Brown on your victory.
 
Today’s results mean that you shoulder the burden of Brampton’s infrastructure gap, our deficits in health care, transit, and policing, the opioid crisis and our housing shortages. The children of Brampton now look to you to bring jobs to Brampton so their parents no longer have to commute for over 130 Minutes a day, to get guns off the streets so that they can play safely in the parks and at school, and to find ways to fund their athletic and cultural activities. Providing food and shelter to our most vulnerable now falls to you. Today’s results mean that from now on, our challenges are your challenges.
 
By the same token, your success is now Brampton’s success. As the victor of a fair and democratic election, I will support you and help you achieve those victories that move Brampton forward, and build an inclusive path forward for every citizen of Brampton. Cheers, and congratulations again.
 
To Linda Jeffrey the incumbent: Thank you for your service. You have given decades of your life to public service. I don’t know what is next for you, but I wish you well.
 
To John Sprovieri for Brampton Mayor, I wish a long and happy retirement with good health for you and your whole family. Thank you for your past service and I wish you well.
 
To Bal Gosal, it was an immense pleasure to meet you on the campaign trail. I look forward to your next adventure and wish you all the best in whatever lies ahead. Best of luck in your future.
 
Mayor Vinod; I wish I had known you before the election. I love your outlook and ideas. Please stay engaged! You have great insights and fresh ideas and I am sure you will have more to add in the future. I’m sure we’ll cross paths again soon enough.
 
To Mansoor Ameersulthan, it was likewise a pleasure to meet and chat with you at various events. Your contributions to debates were welcome, as was your friendly demeanor and welcome smile whenever we met. It was a pleasure, and I wish you and your family all the best.
 
To all the candidates who put their names in the hat this year: Thank you! I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Congratulations to the winners. Well done!
 
And of course, to my supporters, a final note. This is to say “Thank You” to each and every one of you. Your calls, emails and messages let me know that I was reaching people. Even those who told me that they felt the need to “vote strategically, but liked my ideas” were still people that I reached. I am confident that some of our ideas will see another day in City Council Chambers as policy. We have planted the seeds of tomorrow’s initiatives by speaking out, and expressing our commitment to creative solutions to the challenges we face as a City. Please stay as engaged for the next years as you have been for the last four months. I know that I will, and I am counting on your continued support as we support Brampton’s success, as a team.
 
And finally, to my family. What can I say? You stood by me, encouraged me, waited patiently for me when I was out shaking hands and kissing babies, when I missed play dates and days at Wonderland. I’m sorry it wasn’t for a victory, but I know that it wasn’t for naught either. I love you, thank you, and owe you a great debt of gratitude.
 
Thank you all. Good night.
 
– Wesley Jackson