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Sometimes a long campaign is worth it

['WS-xx-letter to the editor']
['WS-xx-letter to the editor']

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to your article, "Deputy Mayor feels it's too early to start campaigning" published on June 24. When the elder statesman of Corner Brook City Council, Bernd Staeben, expresses the widely held belief that it is too early to start campaigning, we should take note. I respect the opinion of the deputy mayor but I do not agree with it.

We intentionally launched our campaign "early" for a number of reasons. We want to encourage more debate and discussion because, given recent economic and population decline, we believe this is the most significant election in recent memory.

Also, strategically, the incumbent, Mr. Pender, enjoys a public platform in his role as Mayor. It is important for me to introduce myself as a candidate to the people of Corner Brook. 

A longer campaign gives citizens the opportunity to get to know me, and what I stand for.

Lastly we have used our time wisely since our launch last month. My candidacy has provided me with a platform to engage community groups, churches, business owners and other citizens. This opportunity to listen to the concerns, to hear the insights, and to see the contributions people are making has been invaluable.

In a related piece on early campaigns, Professor Don Desserud, a political scientist from the University of Prince Edward Island, refers to the sacrifices a long campaign requires. He's right. The campaign does require sacrifice on behalf of candidates and their families. Being a full-time mayor requires sacrifice on behalf of individuals and their families. 

I am choosing to make such sacrifices because I believe our city is worth it. I am blessed to have the support of my wife Carolyn, as well as other family and friends. 

They believe Corner Brook is worth it too.

Jim Parsons

Candidate for Mayor of Corner Brook

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