Candidate for South Stormont Councillor
Senior Policy Analyst for the Federal Government
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
I want to serve residents of South Stormont. I want to help out to the best of my abilities this Municipality. More importantly, I am doing it for my children – for their future.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
My fighting spirit to get the work done, to not stop mid-task. I am a farmer’s daughter, I do not stop until the job is done. I have a Bachelor Degree in Political Science from York University, and a Master’s Degree from Carleton University. I speak English, French, Spanish and Norwegian. I have been working for the Federal government for 10 years. I know how to transform a good idea into a good policy. I understand the most important aspect of being a councillor – to serve the municipality.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
There are many issues that I think are really important, here are some of them:
· Lowering the Farm Property Land Tax Rate for South Stormont Farmers.
· Pressuring Ontario Government to improve safety on Highway 138
· Increasing access to community services and facilities for Seniors and families
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
More transparency, and more communication to the public. When you work alone you can go far, but when you work together you can go even further. We need to work together for a better South Stormont.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
People have been so courteous, and pleasant. I have already received hundreds of names on my petition to lower the farm tax rate in South Stormont.
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 this is a decision that needs to be done at a municipality level, we need to decide together where we stand on this as a municipality.