After 18 years as Councillor, Al Armstrong hopes to become Deputy Mayor

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Candidate for North Dundas Deputy Mayor

Al Armstrong
57 years old
Transport Driver for Jed Express


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

My decision to step up and run for Deputy Mayor after 18 years as a Councillor in our Township is simple. With Mayor Duncan stepping away we need experienced leadership not only at our Local Level but at the County Council Level as well.


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

My record and understanding of our Local Council is proven but I also have an excellent, established working relationship with Staff at the County Level. I also know and understand fully the processes and operations at both Levels. It is time for me to expand my leadership role in our Township. I am proven as an honest, intelligent, straightforward representative of our Township. My voice, particularly during Budget deliberations is strong and knowledgeable.


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

Our roads are an ongoing issue as they are in all Municipalities large or small. We must complete our ten year Tar and Chip program as well as improve our attention to our asphalt roads, We need to continue to improve our processes in aiding Developers to increase our growth, We have made great headway in our Planning and Permit areas and must continue to improve so that our Urban areas can continue to grow as we maintain and support the integrity of our Agricultural areas.Without a doubt we also need to continue to work with Parmalat to aid them and work together to eradicate their issues affecting the quality of life in Winchester.


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

Our quality of life is second to none in our Township in my opinion.But there is always room for change. I would like to see us take better advantage of our assets such as the Chesterville Waterfront, our Vineyards, our Agri-Tour possibilities just to name a few things. We have a rich Township full of Vineyards, Orchards, cutting edge Agri-Businesses, vibrant Urban Businesses and unique shops. We need to do better at targeting ways in which to attract people outside our Township to come and see what we enjoy. Because when they come, many tend to stay.


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

I have found that my message is well received. I am a proven entity with the proper balance of energy, experience and knowledge of what this position requires, both at the Local level and the County level. People know that I speak from experience and believe in my dedication to our Township. My wife and I raised our family here, I make my living here and one day I will be buried here, I love this Township and people know I do everything I can to help guide it properly.


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’?

We absolutely should not just say no right out of hand. The shops are coming, if not here then close by our Township. But we do have an opportunity to watch for a moment and see how exactly this all rolls out and make sure we have all our i’s dotted and t’s crossed before we jump straight in, just make certain we are well educated in what to expect when we do say yes.


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