Jim Graham touts past council experience in run for Deputy Mayor

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Candidate for South Dundas Deputy Mayor

Jim Graham
71 years old
Retired OPP Staff Sergeant/Detachment Commander

 

1.What prompted your decision to run for council this time?

I was a councillor on South Dundas Council from 2006 to 2014 and over the past four years have been very concerned over some of the decisions that have been made and the lack thereof. I feel that council at both the Municipal and County level needs leadership and experience in the decision making process for both levels over the next term of Council and that is why I committed to run for the position of Deputy Mayor in South Dundas.

2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?

My key strengths for the position of Deputy Mayor are eight years experience as a Councillor. I am a Retired OPP Staff Sergeant/Detachment Commander with many years of administrative experience. Before joining the OPP I was employed by the City of Kingston working in the Engineering Dept. drafting and surveying. After I retired I operated my own computer consulting company for ten years and attained Microsoft certification as a Systems Engineer with Internet qualifications.

3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the municipality?

The top issues I see facing the municipality are the replacement of the two aging water towers in Iroquois and Morrisburg, and the fast approaching closure of our two landfill sites. These issues alone could result in millions of dollars being added to our ever increasing tax burden if not well thought out and acted on responsibly.

4. Is there anything you hope to change in the municipality?

I want to ensure that our tax dollars are being used wisely while ensuring that our reserves remain at a healthy level. These reserves are very important so we can keep tax increases every year as low as possible.

5. How is your message being received during this campaign?

People I have had conversations with have been very supportive of my ideas and proposals on how to improve things and keep South Dundas moving forward.

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’?

I think the next Council is going to have to look very closely at the recreational sales of this in the community. With proper consideration given to where these shops are going to locate, (not next to our schools or recreational facilities) they have a right to operate within the municipality within guidelines.

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