IROQUOIS — She was “50-50” about seeking re-election when she spoke to the media at Christmas, but South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde has come off the fence and thrown her hat in the ring.
“Today, I am pleased to announce my candidacy for re-election as Mayor of South Dundas in the municipal election. I will officially file my paper in late May, when I return from time with my sons and husband Ron in Calgary,” the mayor declared in a press release this morning.
“For the past nine years, I have had the honour and privilege of serving the Municipality; the last four as your mayor. I believe we have made progress and addressed some tough issues that have allowed us to move forward to become a better municipality and offer better customer service to ratepayers.
“I wish to continue to represent the community that I love and am passionate about. I enjoy attending community events and meeting residents, receiving feedback, and working to resolve issues and concerns in the best interests if the Municipality.
Delegarde says that the “next four years will be a great opportunity to build on some key steps taken during this term of Council.” She notes the municipality’s recent Provincial Economic Development Award for its student technology partnership with Ross Video and the Upper Canada District School Board and concludes: “I feel there is more that can happen.”
The student technology partnership grew out of the municipality’s successful joint effort to stave off the proposed closure of Seaway District High School by the UCDSB. It was one of the key challenges faced by Delegarde and her council colleagues in the current political term.
Delegarde moved up from councillor to the top job at the council table when defeated the incumbent mayor, Steven Byvelds, in the last municipal election four years ago.
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