Four vie for Brant mayor’s job

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Since be­com­ing a sin­gle-tier mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 1999, Brant County has known just one mayor.

And Ron Eddy is seek­ing re­elec­tion in the Oct. 22 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

He is fac­ing chal­lenges from three can­di­dates, David Bai­ley, Don Cardy and Shawn Pratt.

Bai­ley, a St. Ge­orge busi­ness­man, has an ex­ten­sive re­sume of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and vol­un­teerism.

Cardy has pri­vate-sec­tor busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence and has served two terms on county coun­cil rep­re­sent­ing Ward 2.

And Pratt also has pri­vate-sec­tor busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence, run­ning Grand River Cabs. He un­suc­cess­fully chal­lenged Eddy in two pre­vi­ous elec­tions.

The Expositor asked each can­di­date to com­plete a ques­tion­naire on which to base their thumb­nail pro­files.

David Bai­ley

Age: 61 Fam­ily: Mar­ried to part­ner James (Jim) Triem­stra.

Ex­pe­ri­ence: Vice-chair and past chair of the Brant OPP Po­lice Ser­vices Board; twotime pres­i­dent of the Boys and Girls Club of Brant­ford; past­pres­i­dent and present board mem­ber of Brant­wood Com­mu­nity Ser­vices; past-chair of Brant United Way Cam­paign; chair of the Brant Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.

Plat­form: To be mayor of the county as a whole, realizing that all res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies want to pre­serve their cho­sen stan­dard of liv­ing.

Also: • More trans­parency and ac­cess to all stages of de­vel­op­ment. • Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion for all things her­itage and his­tor­i­cally re­lated. • De­vel­op­ment of the county’s Age-Friendly Com­mu­nity Plan as rec­og­nized by the World Health Age-Friendly Com­mu­nity Net­work. • Pro­mo­tion of a di­verse, em­pa­thetic and in­clu­sive county with in­creased re­spect at the coun­cil ta­ble. • Green­belt and green space pro­tec­tion with fo­cused ef­fort on main­tain­ing the face of the county while manag­ing a more open process in­volv­ing the pub­lic as it per­tains to ur­ban de­vel­op­ment. • De­velop and main­tain pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with all neigh­bour­ing county com­mu­ni­ties.

• Hon­our and re­spect the ways and tra­di­tion of Indige­nous res­i­dents and com­mu­ni­ties as they re­late to Brant County.

• Rec­og­nize and re­spect the value of ex­ist­ing wa­ter­ways.

• En­cour­age staff and elected coun­cil mem­bers to pro­vide a ‘sense of pride’ in all they do. To serve the com­mu­nity is a priv­i­lege.

• En­gage res­i­dents at all lev­els to get in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties lead­ing to growth and change.

• Work­ing with the City of Brant­ford to en­sure ap­pro­pri­ate health and so­cial ser­vices are avail­able to county res­i­dents. • Pro­mote sus­tain­abil­ity. • Ac­cept change and em­brace tech­nol­ogy that pro­duces green en­ergy,

Don Cardy

Age: 59 Fam­ily: Spouse, Judy, adult chil­dren daugh­ter Erin and son Michael

Ex­pe­ri­ence: eight years as Ward 2 coun­cil­lor; chair of cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee: past mem­ber of Brant Mu­nic­i­pal En­ter­prise Board; found­ing mem­ber of new county Health Hub De­vel­op­ment; mem­ber of Fam­ily Health Team board of di­rec­tors; mem­ber, Lo­cal Health In­te­gra­tion Net­work; past mem­ber, John Noble Home board of man­age­ment; mem­ber, city/ county joint ser­vices com­mit­tee; mem­ber, works de­part­ment com­mit­tee, plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee and fire mas­ter plan com­mit­tee. Plat­form: • Con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of in­fras­truc­ture for Paris north end by­pass is a pri­or­ity and I will look at pro­vin­cial and fed­eral fund­ing mod­els.

• In­crease monthly coun­cil meet­ings to two from one with one meet­ing to deal with reg­u­lar agenda items, while the sec­ond will be a com­mit­tee of the whole to al­low cit­i­zens and groups to ask ques­tions or present con­cerns of in­ter­est.

• Com­mu­nity in­put on ma­jor county projects that af­fect the com­mu­nity.

• Quar­terly county town hall meet­ings for in­for­ma­tion shar­ing.

• Fo­cus on cre­at­ing a new com­mu­nity needs based cul­ture. Fur­ther en­hance this com­mu­nity as a tech­nol­ogy cen­tre with a goal to pro­vide high value fu­ture jobs for con­stituents.

• Get a new health hub de­signed, ap­proved and built.

• Bish­ops­gate Road-403 truck­ing by­pass to get trucks off Rest Acres Road and Paris.

• De­velop a se­niors and af­ford­able hous­ing strat­egy county wide.

• Man­age hous­ing and de­vel­op­ment growth in the county.

• Ad­dress countywide in­fras­truc­ture needs and pri­or­i­ties.

• Pro­mote in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment in County, Brant Busi­ness Park and other deemed ar­eas.

• Pro­mote Air­port area growth de­vel­op­ment ( joint with city).

• Con­tinue dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing po­ten­tial joint ser­vices with city.

Ron Eddy

Fam­ily: Spouse: Jan­ice, three adult chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren. Age: 87 Ex­pe­ri­ence: Brant mayor since 1999, a mem­ber of all county com­mit­tees in­clud­ing cor­po­rate de­vel­op­ment, emer­gency ser­vices, parks and recre­ation plan­ning, pub­lic works, po­lice ser­vices and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment strat­egy. A county ap­pointee to Brant po­lice ser­vices board, Brant­ford so­cial ser­vices, com­mu­nity and hous­ing cor­po­ra­tion. Brant Mu­nic­i­pal En­ter­prises Inc. sup­ply­ing so­lar en­ergy, broad­band in­ter­net and fi­bre op­tics., di­rec­tor of the Ru­ral On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion, part of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of On­tario. Cam­paign plat­form: • To pro­vide the lead­er­ship re­quired to op­er­ate the county on an ef­fi­cient, pro­gres­sive ba­sis.

• To main­tain good re­la­tions and co-op­er­ate with our neigh­bours in­clud­ing the City of Brant­ford and nearby coun­ties.

• To con­trol the cost of mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices, to elim­i­nate du­pli­ca­tion and to sup­port bal­anced bud­gets.

• To fos­ter pride in our sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties and to en­cour­age vol­un­teer par­tic­i­pa­tion.

• To sup­port de­ci­sions that will pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment, sen­si­tive ar­eas, wa­ter sup­ply and classes one, two and three agri­cul­tural land.

• To in­form and com­mu­ni­cate with county res­i­dents with in­for­ma­tion, open coun­cil and com­mit­tee dis­cus­sion and per­sonal con­tact.

• To rec­om­mend to coun­cil and coun­cil com­mit­tees im­prove­ments to solve prob­lems and en­hance the safety and well-be­ing of our cit­i­zens in­clud­ing im­prove­ments to our 911 emer­gency re­sponse.

• To con­trol prop­erty taxes to the great­est pos­si­ble de­gree and to con­tinue to have low tax rates.

• To pro­vide full-time ser­vice and to be a team player with the mem­bers of coun­cil.

• To plan a new Brant hos­pi­tal and to main­tain the Wil­lett in Paris.

Shawn Pratt

Age: 60 Fam­ily: Spouse: Lynn, two adult chil­dren, three grand­chil­dren.

Ex­pe­ri­ence: I come from a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily and took an in­ter­est in pol­i­tics when I was a teenager. My great-grand­fa­ther was the mayor of Hamil­ton, and I cam­paigned for Robert Mor­row in Hamil­ton. I have been on nu­mer­ous com­mit­tees in­volv­ing recre­ation, build­ing and trans­porta­tion man­age­ment. And I have earned the trust liv­ing in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of Fruit­land, Arthur Town­ship and now the County of Brant. I put my name up be­cause our county is scream­ing for change of lead­er­ship. As a leader in life, I feel, I will rep­re­sent the county with fair­ness and in­tegrity and in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner be­cause of my strong busi­ness con­nec­tions.

Cam­paign plat­form: My im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion will be the bud­get and cost re­duc­tion, while ad­dress­ing in­fras­truc­ture is­sues and find­ing part­ners for a by­pass bridge. I also want to ad­dress con­cerns with traf­fic flow and pedes­trian and road safety. Coun­cil re­form will be brought for­ward to coun­cil and the Min­istry of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs to bring about equal­ity of rep­re­sen­ta­tion for a func­tional gov­ern­ment that brings unity and ac­count­abil­ity for cit­i­zens. Ro­tat­ing town hall meet­ings will pro­vide early dis­cus­sions with res­i­dents to en­sure we lis­ten, re­spond and act in a re­spon­si­ble, knowl­edge­able and fair man­ner.

Next, my at­ten­tion will be on polic­ing costs ver­sus needs and a ju­di­cial re­view on the last land trans­fer that was done hastily.

Then my at­ten­tion will turn to gen­er­at­ing more rev­enue for the county by us­ing our own judges to pros­e­cute vi­o­la­tions, find­ing part­ners for the Paris Dam project, re­duc­ing some of our shared ser­vices costs with Brant­ford and ex­plor­ing more tourism and recre­ation op­tions. I will con­tinue to pro­vide ac­ces­si­ble trans­porta­tion to all cit­i­zens of the County of Brant.

There is a lot of work to be done to con­tinue be­ing a sus­tain­able mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment, while catch­ing up with in­fras­truc­ture needs and adding to the beauty of all our com­mu­ni­ties to keep the County of Brant Sim­ply Grand.





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