Candidate for South Dundas Councillor
44 years old
Property manager with my husband Reg, and stay at home Mom to 4 kids.
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
This is my first time running for council. My decision is based on wanting to be a representative of the community, a voice for all areas of South Dundas. I would like to bring a fresh perspective to Municipal Government. I will be honest, accountable, and accessible.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
If elected my strengths are my people skills. Compromise. Working with council and staff to bring the best solution from all possibilities. Compassion. If the community or council feels strongly about an issue, those emotions need to be addressed respectfully, and the solution needs to be transparent.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the municipality?
The top issues I see affecting South Dundas are the landfills, water towers, and the lack of customer service to the citizens.
In 4 years we have nowhere to put our garbage. This has been known to council since 2012. We need solutions and quickly. The waste management plan that was presented to council in March is the path forward.
Water towers, water is not a privilege. There needs to be a plan for South Dundas to replace them if the grant process is not successful again.
The citizens are angry and do not feel supported by this council or the municipal staff. We need clear job descriptions of staff responsibilities to enable more efficient problem solving amongst all parts of South Dundas.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the municipality?
If elected I hope to change the culture of the Municipality. We need to be positive, we need to make decisions, we need to encourage citizens to speak up, and volunteer. We need to encourage outside investment. We need to make sure South Dundas has a positive perception among the people who live here, those who work here, and those who may consider investing here.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
Campaigning thus far has been positive for me, but I am a new face. I will continue to reach out to new people every day, and I invite anyone who would like to speak with me to call or message me. I would love to set up a meeting.
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 new council should permit cannabis sales. It will be a legal purchase as of October 17. We cannot give South Dundas residents and those passing through another excuse to keep driving. Like the purchases of alcohol and cigarettes, cannabis sales will be regulated by the government. The choice to purchase is personal.