Matt Brown: Serious Times, Serious People

(Note: this is the fourth of five blogs on why Matt Brown is our best 
choice for mayor on Oct 27)

London has serious councillors who are deeply rooted in their communities, who have a deep understanding of municipal issues and who are planning beyond the next election with a vision.

London also has councillors who have brought our local government into disrepute. Councillors who are unprepared for meetings, councillors who utter racial slurs in chambers, councillors who disrespect citizens in the gallery and their fellow councillors, councillors who distribute inflammatory literature and councillors who flagrantly violate open meeting laws.

We need to move on, we need to move forward, we need serious leadership.

None of our problems are insurmountable but conquering them is only made more difficult with a city council that doesn’t respect itself or its citizens. A mayor MUST lead by example. Our past mayor certainly was not the right person to do that and his language during the 2010 election race, while folksy, should have been an indicator of that.

Here we are in 2014 we are faced with a race between a folksy, rookie politician using polarizing rhetoric and a serious and thoughtful (but maybe not terribly inspiring) candidate.

London gave “folksy” a shot and unfortunately we landed on the national stage on a number of embarrassing occasions.

So I’m done with divisive rhetoric from my mayor, I’m done with finger pointing, I’m done with antics in council chambers and I’m done with clowns.

A quote The American President seems pertinent: “We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them.”

It’s time to get serious, it’s time for Matt Brown.

Next up: What London needs.