Speech from Debbie Ritter’s Campaign Fund Raiser

First I'd like to thank Debbie and Ron for hosting this gathering for me tonight. I'm honored to count Debbie as a colleague on City Council and Debbie and Ron as my friends.

I'd also like to thank Congressman Forbes and his wife Shirley for being here tonight on my behalf. I can only imagine how big his schedule issue. So to give us some of his precious time is sincerely appreciated. Thank you Randy and Shirley.

Most of the folks here tonight know me. And many of you know my record of service to the City. So I'm not going to give a long campaign speech. I'll let my record speak for itself.

But let me share some of my thoughts with you tonight.

When I was first elected to City Council, I dedicated myself to a few principles which would be the basis of all my service on Council:

  • Limited taxation
  • Open and transparent decision making
  • Clear priorities and staying true to them
  • Disciplined government spending
  • Practical problem solving

And over the years I've never wavered from any of them. And the reason I've found them so valuable is because I can apply them in good times or bad, times that are lean and times that are flush. By believing in and practicing these principles

  • I've never had to put my finger to the wind.
  • I've never had to recreate who I am.
  • I've never had to redefine what I stand for.

So this I guarantee: if privileged to continue to serve you and your city, I will stay true to these same principle - rock solid.

Because, in the end, it is all about trust. If you want trusted, you have to work to be trustworthy. Because, whether in our personal, professional it political lives, trust is the only currency that should never be devalued. And be assured I value your trust.

You know I'm a very fortunate man. I'm fortunate to have had my wife, Carole, by my side for 42 years. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful daughter, Christine, and her husband, Frank. I'm fortunate to have a wonderful son, John.

I'm fortunate that I'm able to serve children in illness and in health.

And I'm fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve the city of Chesapeake with fine and dedicated colleagues - Mayor Krasnoff, and Council members, Suzy Kelly, Robert Ike, Rick west, Lonnie Craig, Scott Matheson and, of course, Debbie Ritter. And, quite frankly, I've learned more from each of them than I've, in some small way, have ever taught them. I want personally thank each and every one of them.

A political campaign is expensive. It's time consuming and it is stressful. But all of that, for me, is diminished by just the fact that each of you stands with me tonight and all stand with me in the future.

I sincerely appreciate the support of each of you and I would be personally grateful for your vote of that support on May 6.

JohndeTriquet@aol.com John de Triquet 2018 - Authorized and Paid for by John de Triquet