On July 29, I wrote a letter to Waterloo Region council on behalf of the Alliance Against Poverty, asking that they give serious consideration to choosing Elizabeth Clarke to assume the seat on council that was previously filled by the late Wayne Wettlaufer.
In that letter, I noted Clarke's many qualifications including her career in social work, her service as chief executive officer of the YWCA and member of several community boards and committees. That has given her wide experience in working with many persons of varied ethnic origins and financial resources.
I also shared our opinion that Clarke is approachable, committed and reliable. "Appointing Elizabeth," we said, "would also spare the expense of a byelection".
I sincerely hope that the Wettlaufer family's request for a byelection that, according to your Aug. 7 article "could cost about $100,000" will not be the choice of regional council members.
I hope they will take very seriously the fact that Clarke was a runner-up in the last election, a mere 416 votes short of elected member Geoff Lorentz, and understand that this indicates wide community support for her.
Needless to say, if there is $100,000 available for spending, it could well be used for feeding the hungry and housing the homeless.
In my opinion, to spend that amount of money on a byelection would be irresponsible.
Re: Wettlaufer family seeks byelection to fill council vacancy — Aug. 7