SCUGOG: After a quiet ten weeks to start the nomination period for this October’s municipal election, several candidates came forward with nomination papers last week, declaring their intentions to run for a seat on Scugog Council.
Ward 2 Councillor John Hancock was the first candidate to declare, with four other local residents tossing their hats into the ring last week.
Local business owner Tom Rowett is the first candidate to declare for the race for the Mayor’s chair after filing nomination paperwork last week.
A life-long resident of Scugog Township, Mr. Rowett is co-owner of 1st Financial Centre, and last year, purchased Homestead Furniture & Appliances alongside his wife Christine.
In a press release on his web site, www.tomrowett.ca, Mr. Rowett commented on the high taxes currently imposed on Scugog residents, and offered a platform to cut red tape in order to enable more growth within the municipality.
“Right now local businesses are being driven away by high taxes. My team and I will retain them in our community, while enabling them to grow. By cutting red tape and thinking outside the box, our approach will result in quality jobs being created for our residents,” said Mr. Rowett. “If we remain complacent, many residents, businesses, our children and grandchildren will not be able to afford to live here. We would have paid all these taxes for someone else to enjoy; or even worse - vacancy!”
As well, Blackstock’s Mark Reid has emerged as the first challenger for the position of Regional Councillor.
Janna Guido will be looking to challenge John Hancock for Ward 2 Councillor, and Jennifer Back is the first candidate in the running for Ward 5 Councillor.
Nominations for the 2014 municipal election will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 12.
A full list of all registered candidates can be found on-line at www.scugog.ca.