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LETTER: Ward 2 candidate thankful for election support

Moleme vows to continue to be a voice for the voiceless
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Tshweu Moleme was one of four people who sought election in Ward 2 in the Oct. 22 municipal election. Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters

OrilliaMatters received the following letter from Tshweu Moleme, a candidate in Ward 2. It is an open letter to Ward 2 residents and all Orillians.


I would like to take this time to thank all Ward 2 residents who participated in the recent municipal election.

Although some don’t realize how important voting is or the struggles and pain our forefathers had to endure, just so we could vote and be happily living in a democratic society, I am pleased to see others using the opportunity to vote, be it for myself or someone else.

My campaign was issues-focused and I tried to bring attention to the little things that matter. This is why 800-plus hearts and minds decided to vote for me. Not bad at all for the first time.

Many have reached out to me, asking what it is I’ll be doing after the election. My answer: I’ll continue to do what I do best, which is to be a community advocate – the voice of the voiceless. I will work with incoming council, to make sure that ours is a community many will look up to.

Congrats to councillors-elect. As some people have said to me, in 2022, we will celebrate Coun. Ralph Cipolla’s retirement and bring yours truly, Moleme, in! Some things take time. Patience, friends and neighbours, patience! Oh yes, some cutting and polishing of the rough diamond ... I will be back!

To all my supporters, we won! Just not enough, at this time.

Thank you, Orillia! We agreed and disagreed, but do remember that, at the end of the day, we all want to see Orillia prosper. So be proud of yourselves for partaking in a rigorous political process, to determine what works for our community, at this time!

With love and courage,

Tshweu Moleme