Candidate for South Stormont Mayor
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
I was first elected as a councillor at the age of 27 and I always had a passion to help people. I believe I made a difference serving many terms on council over the years. I was Mayor from 2006 to 2014. I was the warden of SD&G in 2010. I will continue to work with our MP and MPP as I done over the years to acquire the funding needed at Queens park to help make South Stormont prosper. I want to work to bring more doctors to our community. I want to attract more businesses to create more jobs to South Stormont. My record shows my past capabilities working with council and the administration to get things done. I was encouraged by many people, some previous council and current council members asking me to run. we need you back.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
If elected I will bring strong leadership and communication skills. I have the experience and knowledge working with all levels of government. I have organizational, planning and budgeting experience. I will re-establish an open line of communication with the media and keeping the public informed of where there tax dollars are being spent. As Mayor I will be a good team builder with council and Administration. I am experienced in negotiations with staff and union.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
It is time to address the low water problem to a higher level of government to get this issue resolved. The reconstruction of the 25-year-old Ingleside wastewater treatment plant. Highway 138 will be on the radar. I will work with council,counties and MTO to get the necessary improvements completed along the corridor of Highway 138 that are in the review in the environmental study report. I said at the all candidates night that I want to propose more senior housing and transportation. I will propose using the space at RO school for a walk-in clinic, and the gym for the public, and other rooms for our seniors. Our roads,ditches and drains are in need of repair. There is still a lot to get done.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
Bringing back the media and municipal departmental reports at regular council meetings to keep the public informed. I want to Improve our infrastructure and upgrade and preserve recreational parks including the forest area in the middle of Island 17.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
I am getting many good wishes by many residents of South Stormont. I have many signs on lawns and businesses. I have been well received going door to door. It is very encouraging hearing all the positive responses and good luck wishes.
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’?
As I have said at the all candidate night, that this issue should be addressed at the county level so all municipalities in SD&G are united in this decision.