Weeks away from the two year anniversary of his election into office, Mayor Matt Brown is renewing his pledge to run for a second term.
There’s no doubt he has a tough road ahead, as some recent controversies threaten to overshadow the successes from the first half of his tenure.
Some of his notable successes since being elected on October 27th, 2014 include supporting efforts to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees to London, and keeping the annual tax increase pretty close to the rate of inflation.
Another achievement was moving forward with plans to bring rapid transit to London, though that process was marred with controversy after a hybrid of light rail and bus rapid transit was suddenly dropped in favour of full BRT without a thorough explanation from staff.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle he’ll have to overcome is the fallout from his affair with Councillor Maureen Cassidy, but Brown said he’s determined to move forward.
“I think what we have to recognize is that the voter is never wrong,” he said. “I have been working as hard as I possibly can over the last many months to repair relationships and get refocused on that strategic plan, that’s what I’m going to do between now and 2018.”
Brown hopes to build on his successes.
“When we talk about implementing the London Plan, changing the way we grow as a city, more inward and upward, even when we talk about the kinds of investments that we are going to make in our riverfront, those are all examples of that,” Brown said. “Another example would be setting the goal to eliminate poverty in our community within a generation. These are things that will take time, these are things that will certainly require a great deal of focus and that could begin in one term, and as things so often do, finish in another term.”
Londoners head to the polls again on October 22nd, 2018.