Municipal elections in Waterloo Region will be held on October 27. With half a year to go until ballots are cast, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo has reached out to every mayoral candidate in the region who has officially filed to run.

Each candidate has answered the same five questions, and their replies will be reproduced. Today we speak to Doug Craig, the incumbent and only registered candidate for Cambridge mayor so far.  

1. What's the most important issue in your city for the next council term?

The most important issue for council next term will be the pursuit of building the economy and jobs in Cambridge through investments in infrastructure such as our industrial parks (Boxwood campus), GO train service to Milton and the initiation of knowledge-based industry through partnerships in the region.

2. Voter turnout is notoriously low, especially in municipal politics. How will you engage voters?

Cambridge council believes and it has endorsed a new approach to voting in the fall election. Both internet and telephone voting will be available for people to cast their ballots along with our traditional ballot system. This is a recognition of the changing times and the need to reach out to more people, especially the youth of our community.

3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness is twofold: chocolate and the reuse of historic buildings such as the “Old Post Office” in our downtown.

4. Who is your political role model, and why?

My political role model is Hazel McCallion because she communicates very effectively with a straight from the hip approach that is embraced and appreciated by her constituents.

5. Forty years from now, how do you picture your municipality?

It is difficult even to predict the next 10 years. However, on the immediate horizon, I can say that Cambridge will be a leader in sustainable initiatives and asset management in Ontario. We will have improved train service to Toronto. We will enjoy greater access to our river system. We will be recognized as one of the heritage centres in the province of Ontario by the reuse of many of our historic buildings.

There will be a rebirth of Hespeler Road, which has the most potential for redevelopment in the city. And finally, there will be a stronger municipal relationship with cities such as Guelph and Brantford that will enhance economic benefits for Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo.