Candidate for South Dundas Mayor
59 years old
Retired business owner – Mayor and avid volunteer
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
For the past nine years, I have had the honour and privilege of serving the Municipality and believe progress has been made and tough issues addressed that have allowed South Dundas to move forward to become a better municipality and offer better customer service. 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 of the Municipality. The next four years will be a great opportunity to build on some key steps taken during this term of Council.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
I will bring four years of experience as Mayor to the position; and nine years of experience serving the South Dundas residents and taxpayers as a member of Council. As a positive person, I have built relationships with federal and provincial members of parliament; neighbouring municipalities; the Counties; the UCDSB; businesses, groups and our community. Volunteering is a passion of mine and I will continue to be involved in various clubs and organizations; and will continue to attend the many local events and occasions which gives me the opportunity to talk with and listen to the people. My strengths include being trustworthy; ethical; compassionate; making tough decisions; the willingness to work in the municipal environment with council members, staff, and residents; and understanding the importance of economic development as we grow our beautiful municipality.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
Some of the main issues will include dealing with aging infrastructure such as the water towers, sewers, landfill sites, roads, bridges, and sidewalks; buildings and properties; business retention and expansion; community improvement plan roll-out; asset management plan and budgets; housing needs; and health-care needs.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
Over the past two years we have improved considerably on providing up-to-date communication through the various media/new website as well as customer service. As technology and the demands change very rapidly; both of these areas will continue to need constant attention and tweaking as to how the municipality operates and offers these services.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
Very well as I am out and about in the community and can directly engage in conversation with the voters to share my plans. I have also posted my responses to the other local media’s questions on social media and the feedback has been positive and encouraging.
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’?
There are more questions than answers at this point in time; however, the provincial government has stated that consultations with stakeholders will continue to take place before the April 1, 2019 date. A decision will have to be made within the first few weeks of the new Council and I am concerned about the police and by-law enforcement; training; and financial impact. There will be a presence within our municipality and the neighbouring municipalities through online sales effective October 17; and I would prefer to see strict control over the pot shops providing rules and regulations similar to those of alcohol and tobacco are legislated. On a positive note, the shops will be beneficial to the residents who use and need marijuana for medicinal purposes.