Can­di­date Jim Don­nelly: Life­time res­i­dent seek­ing re-elec­tion

The Goderich Signal-Star - - News - KATH­LEEN SMITH

A life­time res­i­dent of Goderich, Don­nelly was mar­ried for 57 years and to­gether with his wife Mary raised 10 chil­dren in this com­mu­nity. Don­nelly prac­ticed law in Goderich for 31 years, rep­re­sent­ing peo­ple across On­tario. He was ap­pointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of On­tario in 1985 and presided on the Bench for 20 years.

An au­thor of four books, Don­nelly is at­ten­tive and ac­tive in anal­y­sis, rea­son­ing, de­bate and de­ci­sion-mak­ing. He be­lieves that de­ci­sions are based on the over­all good of the Town, not on a pre-ex­ist­ing agenda or sin­gle-is­sue fix­a­tion.

The only Coun­cil­lor with per­fect at­ten­dance at Coun­cil’s ses­sions for this re­cent term, Don­nelly is al­ways pre­pared, hav­ing read and con­sid­ered the read­ing ma­te­rial. Through­out his mu­nic­i­pal ca­reer Don­nelly has been driven by four prin­ci­ples: A “square” deal for the lit­tle guy; fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity; gov­er­nance and de­ci­sion­mak­ing be­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of Coun­cil, not ad­min­is­tra­tion; com­mit­ment, prepa­ra­tion and hard work. Don­nelly’s main con­cerns for the 2018-2022 term are as fol­lows: Stop by­pass­ing raw sewage into Lake Huron; Memo­rial Arena Ice plant; Goderich Port Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions; The is­sue of the wa­ter town re­build; Stop the “all your eggs in one bas­ket” mo­tions, which re­stricts op­tions; and the Mu­nic­i­pal Road Sys­tem.

A long-term is­sue for se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion for Don­nelly rests in the de­vel­op­ment of a strat­egy to as­sist with af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and care for ex­pand­ing se­nior cit­i­zen pop­u­la­tion. An­other piece of vi­tal im­por­tance for Don­nelly is the over-all fi­nan­cial strat­egy. He would like to see Coun­cil pri­or­i­tize for fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture projects such as wa­ter, sewage and roads.

Don­nelly states that it is, “Your town, your op­por­tu­nity, your re­spon­si­bil­ity and your wal­let. Choose with thought­ful care. If you make a mis­take, four years is a long time to wait for your next chance.”

As the can­di­dates seek a four-year po­si­tion of power and author­ity over the rights and prop­erty of Goderich and its cit­i­zens, Don­nelly be­lieves they should ac­cord­ingly meet a high stan­dard of abil­ity, re­spon­si­bil­ity and ac­count­abil­ity.

Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tions are on Oct. 22.

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Af­ter serv­ing as Town Coun­cil­lor in 2010-2014 and Deputy Mayor from 2014-2018, Don­nelly seeks to recom­mit to Coun­cil.

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