It's a Race!!! Ron Paull declares candidacy for Mayor of Quesnel

It's a Race!!!

Long-time city councillor Ron Paull has decided to make it a race for mayor and give Quesnel voters a choice in next month’s civic elections.

FOR RELEASE 11:00 AM LOCAL TIME, OCTOBER 8, 2011 - QUESNEL, BC

Long-time city councillor Ron Paull has decided to make it a race for mayor and give Quesnel voters a choice in next month’s civic elections. “After nine years on council, I have come to a three-way fork in the trail… either spin my wheels for another three years as councillor, retire all together from thirty-three years of local public service or give the people a choice and grab the bull by the horns and throw my hat into the ring for mayor.” Paull said his future calling has become increasingly clear as more and more people approach him with their wish for change, as they encourage him to “go for it”.

“For some time, I’ve felt frustrated and stifled as a backbencher at the council table, as I found myself questioning and opposing much of the current direction. I finally figured that the only way I could change direction was to lead rather than follow.”

Paull says that his more than three decades of combined staff and council experience at City Hall, his intimate knowledge of the issues and how things work and should work at the local government level, along with a forty-plus year history in volunteer community service has provided him with the necessary background and connections to lead council through some very challenging times that lay ahead. “I’ve still got lots to give.”

“My leadership style would be more inclusive and transparent, from the bottom-up, rather than from the top-down. I would delegate more trust and responsibility to the rest of council. As mayor, I would stay out of staff’s way by spending less time in City Hall and more time out on the street, in the neighbourhoods and businesses, interacting directly with the people that I have been elected to serve, on their turf rather than mine. The inner sanctum mayor’s office, protected by locked doors and video surveillance is okay for some, but too intimidating for others. I want to meet folks on a more informal basis. I want to be able to personally respond to a complaint, to come out and see firsthand what the problems are. We need to track complaints and concerns so they don’t get pushed aside. I know what the staff’s jobs are and I would let them go about their work without interference. I would not micromanage.

I have no interest in seats at big city boardroom tables that have no real beneficial connection to Quesnel. I see myself as more of a grassroots, back to basics, keep it simple type of mayor. I see myself more as a people’s politician than a politician’s politician.”  

Paull says that his experience and familiarity with the way things work and should work at City Hall will help him introduce and lead at least three new members to the council team. Over the next five weeks leading up the November 19th civic elections, he has committed to releasing a series of position papers covering community issues including taxation, governance, air quality, economic development, sub regional recreation, the Multi Centre, seniors and youth, health care, freedom of information and sustainability.  

“Yes”, Paull concludes, “I admit I had difficulty stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a risk, but as Wayne Gretzky said… ‘You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.’ ”

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Ron Paull, Candidate for mayor – City of Quesnel

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