Candidate for South Dundas Councillor
Donald William Lewis
62 years old
Recently retired from the Municipality of South Dundas
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
I decided to run for council this year because I do believe we need a major change and hopefully can work with a new council that can make decisions and to be a voice for the citizens of South Dundas. I believe we have not accomplished very much in the last four years of this council, decision making seems to be difficult and many times is deferred to a later date. That is why I have decided to run and I have dealt with councillors for 16 years as being a director of recreation facilities.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
My strengths would include 29 years of contract and full time employment with the municipality of South Dundas, I do believe that my strengths will be dealing with major decisions and voicing the opinion of the citizens. I believe that the citizens of South Dundas are not informed of certain issues dealing with them and I would like to have council listen to the citizens.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the municipality?
The first issue is in 4 years we will not have a landfill site and I believe its going to cost mega bucks to trucking, waste to other landfills. I do believe this should be one of the top issues, second will be our water towers they are getting to the point that they have to be replaced. I believe that we should be looking for funding to avoid burdening the tax payers. The third issue that council should be looking at is the condition of our roads and infrastructure of our buildings. I do believe that council will have a very busy 4 years of concerns to deal with throughout the municipality.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the municipality?
I do believe the most important change for the municipality is for council to listen to the citizens and take action of what the citizens are saying, not to make promises that can not happen.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
I do believe that I have a lot of support in the municipality with volunteering, events and the meet and greet with citizens at the murals every Sunday throughout the municipality.
6. Voting begins on Oct. 17 — ironically the day of marijuana legalization. The new council will have to decide soon if your municipality will permit storefront cannabis sales, or opt out altogether. Should your municipality allow pot shops or ‘just say no’?
This issue will take a lot of discussions about containing marijuana in local stores, my feelings towards this is I don’t believe marijuana is going to go away. A large percentage of teenagers and adults buy it illegally and do not know what they are purchasing ( whether it can be a deadly strand of not) I have never smoked it myself, don’t like the smell but I do believe those who smoke it that it should be a safe strand. I do not personally have an issue with this topic, but it will come to the vote of five council members.