After months of knocking on doors, shaking hands, attending events, sending tweets, and calling open line shows, the ballots were counted for the 2013 St. John's Municipal Election. I am now a councillor at large at St. John's City Hall!
Here's how we did it.
First off, it has always been "we." While the candidate you voted for is me, Dave Lane, from the beginning there was always a team.
Since early in 2013, a small group coalesced around the idea that a young voice with progressive ideas should run for City Council. We needed someone dedicated to making it possible - fun, even - for the citizens of St. John's to have their voices heard when decisions are made at City Hall.
One unique aspect of this campaign has been the high number of young people involved. The core campaign team and the majority of our volunteers are all in our 20s and 30s.
We were advised by experienced political veterans, but we ran the campaign ourselves. For most of us, it was the first time we were ever part of a political campaign.
My entire extended family, and my many friends and neighbours from over the years made incredible contributions to the success of this project.
I believe that it is important to give credit to my core team: Campaign Manager, Josh Taylor; Campaign Coordinator, Luke Callanan; Communications Consultant, Laura Barron; Social Media Coordinator, Jennifer Babstock; and Legal Counsel, Alex Bill. These are the folks who ran this complex operation, and to whom I would give top recommendation to anyone looking to build a stellar team.
I also wish to thank my good buddies Mike King and Joey Woolridge, who were strong supporters. They spread the word about the campaign and encouraged people to vote.
Thank you to my friend and business colleague Don-E Coady, along with Denise Goodyear and the team at Dc Design House, a top branding and design firm in this city.
Thank you to Mom, Dad, my sister Andrea, and my wonderful girlfriend Hedi. These people were my foundation - the ones who know me best and helped me work through the tough times along with the good times. I love you all very much.
And there were so many others who helped in major ways. I can't tell you how humbling it is to have unconditional support from so many people. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
And now, the real work begins. The swearing in ceremony for the new council is October 7th.