Candidate for North Dundas Councillor
54 years old
Owner and Operator of John Thompson Electric Ltd. in Chesterville
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
After completing 3 terms of council, and seeing the completion of many important projects, I am keen to finish what has been started. I enjoy the interaction with constituents, staff and fellow council members and enjoy contributing to my community.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
I have served three terms on council and I am confident that this experience will be of benefit to the upcoming council. I am local business owner, a life-long resident of North Dundas , have raised a family here, and have and continue to be involved in many local organizations and groups. These characteristics allow me to relate to the concerns and wishes of the constituents. I feel I have done a good job representing those in our Township, and will continue to do so if re-elected.
3. What are the top issues you see facing the township?
Issues facing the township include continued road work, landfill requirements, business attraction and retention, infrastructure work relating to the on-going growth and development in the Township.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
Our Township is already a wonderful place to live, work and play. I feel that a continued focus on maintaining this excellent quality of life we are so fortunate to experience here in North Dundas continues to grow through the expansion of facilities and programs directed at wellness for all ages.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
I have received nothing but positive feedback from constituents during my campaign.
6. Voting begins on October 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 all together. Should your municipality allow pot shops or ‘just say no’?
Personally, I feel that with the current lack of enforcement and policies from the upper levels of Government, I think that they are jumping the gun on their date for legalization. I feel that some concrete rules, should be in place before moving forward. By this I mean, proper and reliable impairment testing, and a more cohesive working relationship worked out with the lower tiers of government. As far as the ‘yes or no’ of local cannabis sales being allowed in our municipality, if the government is going to go ahead and make it legal to purchase online and for people to grow the product personally in their own homes, this is already going to make it available to anyone in the municipality who may want it. As far as a store front, I would want to hold off on any decisions made immediately as this implementation will be a important factor that if opted in right away, cannot be reversed.