Joe Connelly a man who finishes what he starts

Oct 15th, 2010 – 1 Comment

Remember that some things are NOT for sale, and to the cowboy, the best things in life ARE NOT things. That is why Calgary will not see me quit this race and why I refuse to govern my life according to foregone conclusions.


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Hello My Friends – this is whay I have and will always support Joe Connelly – its about values!

At one of the most important elections in Calgary’s history – one that will determine our future for decades to come, Calgarians find themselves now wondering who is in this race for the right reasons, who did it for public attention, and who did it with hidden agendas. Something only each Mayoral candidate can answer in the privacy of their own minds.

I entered this race for one reason. This city has afforded me tremendous opportunity, and I want to ensure those opportunities are there for our children.

As someone the media has referred to for months now as an “also running”, I remain proud of my decision to publicly serve as Mayor if I am so honoured. It would have been an easy decision to re-run as Alderman , but as Winston Churchill once said, “play the game for more than you can afford to lose…only then will you learn the game.”

When I was elected, leaving a 25 year successful business career because my community asked me to step up, they proudly presented me with a copy of James Owen’s book entitled “Cowboy Ethics”.

Since then, I have withstood much ridicule for publicly stating and sharing Owen’s Ten Codes of the West. A code I have told many is my morale compass – a source of inspiration that I have turned to over and over again when I cast my vote on some of the toughest decisions affecting over one million people.

As rhetoric abounds, I have never let the non-believers tarnish the power of the words, perhaps because one of the codes is “when riding through hell…keep riding”.

Cowboy Ethics taught me how to build a Calgary that we can all be proud to call home. It’s masterful language tells me that I am only as good as my word. And that as a leader, the true test of my integrity is keeping it in tact by living with courage, taking pride in my work, finishing what I start, and keeping my promises.

But perhaps its most resonating code as Calgarians go to the polls on Monday is this: Remember that some things are NOT for sale, and to the cowboy, the best things in life ARE NOT things. That is why Calgary will not see me quit this race and why I refuse to govern my life according to foregone conclusions.

My promise to Calgarians is simple. I will finish what I started when I announced my intention in April. I will keep my word that you will have a voice at City Hall and that together we will build a future of opportunity.

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