DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: As candidates continue to come forward for this fall's municipal election, one current member of council recently announced that he will be stepping away from municipal politics.
Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle announced at council's meeting on the evening of Monday, June 23, that he will not be seeking re-election, citing family and work commitments as the reasons behind his departure from the council bench.
"It is with a heavy heart and a bit of sadness that I announce that I will not be seeking re-election," an emotional Councillor Mantle explained.
Councillor Mantle indicated that he plans to stay involved in the Uxbridge community, and took the opportunity to thank Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor and Township CAO Ingrid Svelnis for all of their support over the past four years.
Just 21-years-old when he was elected in 2010, Councillor Mantle was the youngest municipal councillor in the GTA. As Chair of the Sustainability, Watershed and Conservation Committee, Mantle has overseen many positive environmental improvements within the township, such as leading the switch to electronic agendas for council meetings and numerous tree plantings throughout the municipality.
Mayor O'Connor thanked Councillor Mantle for his service to the municipality over the past four years, and noted that he has been at the forefront of many positive changes within the community.
"You have certainly added a lot to this council," said Mayor O'Connor. "You've added a new perspective in many ways on how a young person sees things. You've been an excellent councillor, and represented Ward 4 very well. As much as I don't wish to see you go, I wish you all the best in the future, school and marriage are more important, and I commend you."