Tonight I went to a BBQ/Thank You Party. Who was being thanked and why, you ask? Well, in the spirit of doing new and different things, for much of May and June, I was a campaign volunteer. This is the first time I've ever volunteered for or gotten involved in politics. It was a great experience and I met a lot of cool people!
The candidate for whom I volunteered is Arthur Potts (Liberal, Beaches-East York). It was Art's first time running in a provincial election, and it was a tough riding to run in. The incumbent Michael Prue had held the seat for many years (too many!)
I don't know Arthur all that well, but I have known him for many years (we first met in 1998). When I found out he was running, I immediately volunteered. I knew instinctively that he'd put up a heckuva fight for the riding. I also felt from the get-go that he'd do a fantastic job if (when) he won. Arthur has endless energy and his enthusiasm is infectious! He also has a knack for connecting with people.
The election was on June 12th, and waiting for the results was something of a nail-biter! It was a very tight race, but we all knew that Arthur and everyone involved in the campaign had given their all. The hard work paid off: Shortly after midnight, the ballots were tallied and Arthur won by 431 votes. I'm so glad I was a part of this process and I am truly happy for Arthur. And yes, I will definitely volunteer again in a future campaign (maybe municipal? maybe federal?). It was cool getting involved.