I am pleased to announce that I will be running for Mayor of Timmins in the 2014 municipal election.
After careful consideration and discussion with residents, members of the business community, regional and local politicians I am encouraged by the support I have received to put my name forward in the 2014 mayoral race.
I have enjoyed the last four years as a member of council in Ward 5, and the various boards I sit on.
Being on council has provided me the opportunity to meet many people and take part in many community events over the last four years.
It has also given me the opportunity to have my voice heard on issues important to our great city, and the taxpayers who live here.
I entered municipal politics to try to ensure that the City of Timmins is able to provide great opportunities for my children as they grow up.
Jenna is now six years old, and Connor who is four was born months before I ran for council in 2010.
They remain a large part of my decision today.
We have many challenges ahead given our increasing property taxes, aging infrastructure, and issues with potholes and road conditions.
There will be tough decisions ahead in order to get past these challenges and I ask for the support of Timmins taxpayers in being the voice that guides us through those decisions.
However we have also made some significant progress in the past four years that sometimes gets overlooked.
There is still great opportunity for Timmins to grow and succeed as a regional centre for Northeastern Ontario and I look forward to working with municipal leaders from within the region to ensure we continue moving forward.
Over the past few years we have added to our capacity to function as a regional centre with the addition of Porter Airlines which led to affordable air travel to and from Timmins.
The construction of two new hotels with two more in construction has given us the capacity to host large events and conferences.
We have also seen large scale developments in the new Extendicare and Autumnwood residences.
We have also recently completed the strategic plan with significant input from residents throughout the community on how we can improve and what is important to them.
It is important we continue to move ahead with these plans.
However we have to do so within our fiscal capability and in a fiscally responsible manner taking into consideration what I feel is our number one challenge ahead which is increasing property taxes.
I look forward to continuing to actively seek input and feedback from residents during the campaign and after.
I also look forward to working with council and other organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce to ensure we continue grow and make Timmins a great place to live, learn and play!
Anyone looking to volunteer or support my campaign can reach me at: