New council starts in December
Voters in Gananoque decided it was time for a change and made a clean sweep that brought in not only a new mayor, but an entirely new council as well.
They are: Mayor Ted Lojko and Councillors Dave Anderson, Adrian Haird, Matt Harper, Mike Kench, Dennis O’Connor, and David Osmond.
“As the newly elected Mayor of Gananoque I am excited to work with the new town council and reach out to as many people and groups to determine how to prioritize our needs and develop a plan how to harness the energy and expertise of our community,” said newly elected mayor, Ted Lojko. “Many residents have volunteered their time and experience to undertake various projects and on behalf of the new Town Council we look forward to working with them to make their dreams a reality. Iwould like to thank the residents of Gananoque in the trust they have instilled in myself and the newly elected councillors and look forward to serving our community to the best of our ability.”
Mike Kench was elected to council. “I appreciate the support from those who selected my name on the ballot and I look forward to the work ahead. I believe that this selected team will be a great group to work with, bringing forth diverse ideas and different perspectives.”
“Thank you for your vote of confidence for me and an exciting new council filled with energy and fresh ideas,” said Dennis O’Connor. “Change is good and I amanxious to help in this step into the future.”
“When I entered the race as I was not sure what the reaction would be or howmy first campaign would go,” said David Oamond. “From the get go Iwas overwhelmed by the support and encouragement. Election night was a nervous but rewarding night and now I am anxious to get towork with what is going to be a great team. A huge thanks to everyone that took the time to vote and support all the candidates during the campaign.”
The three other councillors elect declined the opportunity to say something here, but each put forward plans for their term on October 10.
“I have been behind the scenes in Gananoque politics for eight years, on the Economic Development Committee, the Heritage Committee and the Police Services Board,” said Dave Anderson. “I have a broad range of ideas tomake Gananoque an even more prosperous and liveable town. We are on the cusp of important changes and we need an approachable, creative, effective town council.”
“I love the town of Gananoque and am very interested in becoming a council member in order to help the continued development and growth of our wonderful town,” said Adrian Haird. “Feel free to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have I will do my best to find the answers.”
“I have a strong desire to be involved in the decision making process with fair consideration for all parties involved,” said Matt Harper. “I would like to see a larger recreation complex with two ice pads and a swimming pool, to increase programs for seniors as well as utilize the shuttle bus and create better working relationships with Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.”
The new council will officially take over on December 1, 2018 for a four year term.
Dave Anderson, Gananoque Councillor Elect
David Osmond, Gananoque Councillor Elect
Ted Lojko, Gananoque Mayor Elect
Adrian Haird, Gananoque Councillor Elect
Matthew Harper, Gananoque Councillor Elect
Dennis O’Connor, Gananoque Councillor Elect
Mike Kench, Gananoque Councillor Elect