SCUGOG: The race is on for the two top spots on council as Mayor Chuck Mercier and Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew announced plans to seek re-election this week.
Scugog Township Mayor Chuck Mercier announced his plans to run for re-election as Mayor this fall, on Monday, March 31.
Mayor Mercier ended the General Purpose and Administration meeting with the news that he will seek a second term as Mayor in this fall's municipal election, stating "I'm very proud of the work the township's councillors, staff, and residents have done with me these past four years. It's been a privilege serving as Mayor and I'm very confident that we will accomplish all of the goals we've set out."
The news was met with a round of applause from all councillors present - including Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew and Councillor Ward 2 John Hancock - both of whom will be joining the Mayor in running for reelection at their own respective seats.
Regional Councillor Drew informed The Standard of her plans to seek reelection on Tuesday, April 1.
Moving forward, Mayor Mercier is considering the growth of Scugog Township, through the lenses of its economics and industry, as well as its cultural appeal.
"The growth of our community relies on council's long-term efforts, and a commitment to taking projects to completion," said Mayor Mercier. "We zoned industrial land in the township and are ensuring it will be serviced."
"We've already attracted the Old Flame Brewery in downtown Port Perry, and the woodworking factory in Greenbank."
Mayor Mercier also noted longterm plans for the municipality, such as the Scugog Corporate Plan and the revitalization of the Old Mill on Water St., which goes to tender this week, ensure that improvements will be made to attract business to Scugog for years to come.
"Scugog is a great place to live, and a place that will continue growing. I accomplished all of the goals I set out four years ago, and will continue."