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An Election Announcement from Councillor Pootmans

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Richard Pootmans

 

While it has been a privilege and pleasure to serve as the City Councillor for the citizens of Ward 6, I will not be seeking re-election this fall.

Building an even higher quality of community life for everyone was a priority for me when I ran for office.  I am proud of the collaborative work of residents, Community Associations, Council and Administration in making Calgary even better.  Thank you especially to the skillful and hard-working Ward 6 Office team, notably Kathy, who has served Ward 6 as executive assistant and helped me enormously as well as literally thousands of people in Ward 6 over the past two terms and seven years.  The Office of the Councillors has also been amazing in supporting our Ward work for Calgarians.

The quality of our day-to-day lives is the foundation for our success as a city.  Without strong neighbourhoods supporting our families, we cannot fully appreciate our City or reach our potential.  Furthermore, without a successful community life, we cannot provide support for the quality of work life necessary to drive our economic future.

Among many projects, it has been especially meaningful for me working with volunteers, communities, City Administration and The King’s Own Calgary Regiment to establish the Battalion Park Remembrance Day ceremony into a significant annual community event attended by thousands of people on November 11. 

City of Calgary staff has been inspiring in their passion and commitment to Calgary. I am especially grateful to have worked with top notch professionals in the City audit world, including the Chief Financial Officer, City Auditor and External Auditor.  We worked with citizen experts on Committee to build on City strengths in financial reporting but also building capacity in risk management and Whistle Blower programs.  My seven years of City Audit Committee work has taught me to look at Calgary’s challenges as opportunities for operational improvements or creating value for money audits and cost benefit analysis.

I was also pleased to work with the Mayor, Council colleagues and the City Solicitor to engage our first Integrity Commissioner and Ethics Advisor.  These two outstanding citizens are supporting Councillors in governing a large City. All of this work contributes to creating an effective organization to respond successfully to rapid and dramatic changes in our economic fortunes.
I am optimistic about Calgary’s future and look forward to supporting Calgary and City Council in a variety of ways in the future.

Thank you residents of Ward 6.  Over the past seven years your ideas, sugggestions and energy have been vital to sustaining my work, thank you so much!

Finally, to my amazing and patient wife Frances, thank you!

As we are now entering the Campaign Period in the Office of the Councillors we are obliged to follow strict rules about communications with you in fairness to candidates considering challenging an incumbent. Starting on June 1, we will cease sending Ward 6 Report emails, but will continue to provide updates to residents through our website (calgary.ca/Ward6) and our Facebook and Twitter channels.  Please follow and like our Ward 6 Office social media including web site, Twitter and Facebook pages to stay in touch!

-Richard

 



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This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.
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