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 Sue Foxton, the only candidate registered to run for mayor of North Dumfries Township.
1. What's the most important issue in your city for the next council term?
So hard to pick one issue: economic development, employment, roads, planned and implemented growth. I think Canada is still in flux and with that in mind I think watching and planning growth and development — which encompasses all of the issues — is paramount.
2. Voter turnout is notoriously low, especially in municipal politics. How will you engage voters?
Actually in our last election in the township the voter turnout was very good. If you read our local newspaper you will see people engaged and connected with the political process. Being visible, involved and maintaining such things as our town hall meetings in each of the wards helps in making people feel connected, and therefore willing to make the effort to vote and remain involved at the local level.
3. What would you say is your biggest weakness?
Biggest weakness, I tend to be sensitive but I am getting better, 14 years of politics has helped.
4. Who is your political role model, and why?
I have so many: Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, the Queen, Sir John A. MacDonald, George Brown, and Lester Pearson to name a few.
5. 40 years from now, how do you picture your municipality?
Forty years from now I want to still see the rural farming mix, with a lot of our gravel pits done and returned to agriculture. I want to see growth in the settlement areas including recreation, cultural and business, so our communities are more inclusive in meeting the demands of our residents.