Mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion

New coun­cil starts in De­cem­ber

The Gananoque Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - LOR­RAINE PAYETTE

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

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