More than a week has passed since the provincial election.
One of the questions an unsuccessful candidate gets asked in the aftermath of a campaign is: “will you run again?”
It’s not a terribly surprising question from your supporters who have invested a lot of time and effort in you.
It’s also something that comes to mind to those who have voted for you, share your disappointment in the outcome and still think you would be up to the job as their elected representative.
It has been so heartening and humbling to hear from so many Halifax Citadel-Sable Island residents after the election. Some I know. Others I don’t. I am deeply thankful for their words of support and encouragement.
I know I’m not alone among our party’s candidates across the province in continuing to hear from voters.
Indeed, some of my fellow PC candidates have already announced their intention to run again in their constituencies in the next general election.
That’s great for them, their supporters and their constituencies.
Every candidate’s journey is unique, however.
The questions I asked myself prior to running in this last election will be the questions I will ask myself before deciding to launch another campaign.
Will I make a positive difference for my community in this role?
Do I truly feel I am the best person to run?
Am I comfortable with the party leader, the direction they are taking and their vision and plan for the community, province and country?
Is my family able to be supportive of my candidacy and, if successful, of my being an elected office holder?
Is this fair for my business partners, co-workers and clients?
There will come a time when I will need to answer these questions. That time is several years down the road.
In the meantime, here’s what I will be doing.
I will be working hard on building our company’s public relations and creative social business, with a move to a new downtown Halifax location planned for the summer.
I will continue to find ways to contribute to our community through my volunteer board service for organizations based in Halifax Citadel-Sable Island, along with helping organize two charitable events for this fall in Halifax Citadel-Sable Island.
I will proudly continue my involvement in the Halifax Citadel-Sable Island Progressive Conservative Association as the candidate of record. This association and campaign team stood by me, worked with me and believed in me. Regardless of my future plans, I will be there to support the association in any way I can to build on the progress we achieved in this election campaign.
So don’t be surprised if you see me out and about in the community over the summer and into the fall.
I’ll also be making some changes to robbatherson.ca to remove some of the sections related to the 2017 election.
And if you want to say hello, offer advice, ask questions or pass along issues that you want raised by Nova Scotia’s Official Opposition, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The election campaign is over. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop the community conversation that we started together. Let’s keep it going!