DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Former Uxbridge Mayor Bob Shepherd is the latest candidate to declare his nomination for this fall's municipal election, and is once again seeking the mayor's chair.
Originally elected as Ward 4 Councillor in 2003, Shepherd defeated Anne Holmes and Susan Self to become Uxbridge's Mayor in 2006. It was a position he would hold until 2010, when he finished second in the polls to Gerri Lynn O'Connor.
In a press release, Shepherd outlined what he believes to be the major issues facing Uxbridge residents as they prepare to head to the polls on Oct. 27.
"There are three very important matters that have to be dealt with in the Township. They are: property taxes, downtown revitalization and the promotion of entrepreneurship and small business," Shepherd said.
During his tenure as Mayor, Shepherd was actively involved in the Township's purchase of the former St. John's Training School lands (later known as Kennedy House), now known as 'The Fields of Uxbridge' and home to the Rotary Skate Park as well as the township's soccer fields. Shepherd has stated that further implementation of the township's Master Plan will be another of his key objectives should he prove successful in his latest run for mayor.
"The 'Fields of Uxbridge' formerly known as Kennedy House is also an issue that will be one of the priorities in my tenure as your mayor. Recognition and implementation of the existing master plan will ensure its future as a viable attraction in the Township for decades to come," said Shepherd.
In the lead-up to the election in October, Shepherd is inviting Uxbridge residents to connect with him through social media, and share their ideas about Uxbridge's future.
"I have created a Facebook page 'Bob Shepherd – Mayoralty Candidate' which I invite you to visit. I will be using this media to share my thoughts and ideas with you on how we can work together to make Uxbridge Township an even better place to live, work and play," Shepherd added.
A full list of declared candidates, as well as pertinent election information can be found on the township's web site at www.town.uxbridge.on.ca/2014_elections.
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