Runciman endorses TLTI candidate for mayor
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. email@example.com
Bob Runciman urges TLTI residents to vote for Corinna Smith-Gatke.