Runci­man en­dorses TLTI can­di­date for mayor

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - NEWS - WAYNE LOWRIE

ROCK­PORT – Former sen­a­tor Bob Runci­man has en­dorsed a can­di­date run­ning for mayor of the Town­ship of Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands.

Runci­man, who lives in Brockville, said he wished he lived in the town­ship so he could vote for Corinna Smith-Gatke, who worked for him at Queen’s Park when he was a min­is­ter in Mike Har­ris’s gov­ern­ment.

Speak­ing at Smith- Gatke’s cam­paign launch this week, Runci­man said his former col­league “would bring some san­ity” to the town­ship gov­ern­ment.

Runci­man said the peo­ple of TLTI have had enough of controversy, re­fer­ring to the of­ten-tu­mul­tuous pol­i­tics of the Town­ship of Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands.

“Corinna would do a good job for you,” said Runci­man, who urged Smith-Gatke’s sup­port­ers to “do ev­ery­thing you can to make this great lady your mayor.”

The former sen­a­tor and long­time MPP for Leeds-Grenville was speak­ing to about 40 friends and sup­port­ers of Smith-Gatke, who is mak­ing her first run for elected of­fice.

In her speech, Smith-Gatke billed her­self as a con­cil­ia­tor who has the abil­ity to get peo­ple to work to­gether.

There are a “lot of things to fix” in the town­ship, said Smith-Gatke, adding there “are things that were not done prop­erly.”

The can­di­date said is­sues in the town­ship have been “very di­vi­sive” but she added that “I have the abil­ity to get peo­ple to work to­gether.”

Smith- Gatke said she has a pas­sion for the town­ship and feels she has some­thing to give to TLTI. wlowrie@post­media.com

WAYNE LOWRIE/THE RECORDER AND TIMES

Bob Runci­man urges TLTI res­i­dents to vote for Corinna Smith-Gatke.

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