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When I put my name forward on October 26th, 2021, to run to become the next Mayor of Richmond Hill, I knew it was going to be a busy three months, and, with my campaign team, I was excited to get started. Since then, I have been joined by many, many volunteers out canvassing, we’ve done numerous “fireside chats” by Zoom, we’ve distributed thousands of brochures and we have had many supporters sign up to help us out in numerous ways. We’ve set up a website to provide information on why I am running, to outline my vision for Richmond Hill, and we’ve published articles on some of my key commitments. As I write this, I am getting ready for the first “All Candidate” virtual event and I am preparing a video to further get the word out.

Given the latest announcements from the government and the medical community, it is apparent this campaign will continue to require us to find ways, other than face to face, to get out and connect with voters.

As I learned a long time ago, no one succeeds in this world without a lot of help and support. 

I know I have an amazing support network, including all of you who are reading this letter today!  I know that, with your help and support, we can win this by-election and start to rebuild the kind of City government that is responsive and accountable to the citizens of this great City.

There are two key areas where I am hoping everyone can helpus as we move into January.

Way to Help #1 – Spread the Word!

Please take every opportunity to spread the word – both about my candidacy AND about the by-election. We have worked hard to put lots of information up about me, my vision for Richmond Hill, and what I stand for on our website. There is a section about getting to know me, why I am running and some pieces on my vision for Richmond Hill.

Many people are not aware that we are holding the Mayoral by-election in January. You can find more information, check if you are on the voters list, and sign up to be put on the voters list here

Here is the quick overview of what you need to know about voting in the by-election:

  1. All registered voters will receive a Voter Information Package in early January.  NOTE:  The municipal voters list is NOT the same as the Federal and Provincial Voters list.  If you are new to Richmond Hill, or you have moved since the last municipal election in 2018, OR you have adult children or others living in your household, please check to ensure that you and all of them are registered to vote in the by-election. Click here for more information on voting in the by-election.
  2. This is the first municipal election where you will be able to vote EITHER on-line OR in-person.  The Voter Information package that will be sent out in January, will provide information on both options.
  • There will be 12 “Voting Stations” across Richmond Hill.  One change during this by-election is that you can vote at ANY of the Voting Stations – you do NOT have to go to an assigned poll. The list of Voting Stations can be found here.
  • Voting at the Voting Stations will start on January 22ndand will continue on January 23rd and 24th.

  • On-line voting will start on January 18th, 2022 and continue through January 24th, 2022.
  • If you, or someone you know, will be away when the Voting Package arrives, you can contact the City and arrange to have your package sent to you by email. You can vote on-line from anywhere. If you do need to obtain a Voter Information Package by email you can reach out to

Way to Help #2 – Reach Out and Join Us!

There are three ways to reach out and help:

  1. Volunteer to help us in January Click here to volunteer!
  2. Sign up for a sign! Our sign elves will be out distributing signs starting on December 27th, 2021
  3. If you can, please donate to our campaign. You can donate by credit card or by cheque

For those of you who have already volunteered, signed up for a sign, helped us to spread the word, or donated

Let me close by wishing all of you who are celebrating, a wonderful and safe holiday. We may not be gathering in as large groups as we had hoped, but I hope that all of you have moments of joy through this holiday season.

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