Parry Sound North Star - Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
By Sarah Bissonette
SEGUIN TWP. – After 11 years as mayor of Seguin Township, David Conn announced this week he’s not seeking reelection this fall.
With the township’s campaign season starting in June, Conn said he wanted to let his intentions be known now so other possible mayoral candidates have time step forward and prepare.
“I am proud of what has been accomplished in Seguin during my tenure as mayor,” wrote Conn in a press release. “All of these accomplishments are the result of a team effort between the three councils with which I have worked, a very talented, caring and professional staff under the leadership of chief administrative officer Tom Stockie, and an incredibly dedicated group of resident volunteers who have given unselfishly of their time and skills to help improve the quality of life in Seguin.”
Over the years, he wrote, the township has leveraged provincial and federal grants to put more than $34 million into infrastructure, including an upgraded Rosseau waterfront, new Foley fire hall, and new Humphrey library.
“Working together, we have stimulated economic growth through the addition of a number of new companies in Seguin,” wrote Conn. “Most notable has been the success at our airport industrial park where, under the leadership of Councillor Doug Sainsbury, we have experienced terrific growth in new businesses.”
A highlight that stands out for him, along with the township’s environment-first stance, is the township’s sound finances.
“I think, us back to a position of financial health is really the lever that allowed us to do everything else,” he said.
There have also been challenges over the years. When the township council proposed draft tree cutting, fill and blasting bylaws before, protestors gathered outside the municipal office in vocal opposition. That situation, said Conn, could have benefited from better communication around the bylaws from the township.
As the township moves forward after this election, Conn suggested that along with maintaining the environment and its finances another area of focus should be increasing the population.
“I am biased, obviously, but I think Seguin is on a good tract,” said Conn.
Conn said he’s extremely grateful for the support of residents during his tenure as mayor.
“I also want to thank my family, particularly my wife Joan, for their continual and strong support,” he wrote. “It is not easy being in the family of someone who is in the public eye.”
As of Monday, no mayoral candidates have come forward.
Those seeking one of the six councillor chairs are incumbents Coun. Doug Sainsbury, Coun. Jack Hepworth, Coun. Bruce Gibbon, Coun. Rod Osborne and resident Dale Graves.
Carol Corriveau-Truchon has put her name forward to continue representing this area at Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic District School Board.
Candidates in both the municipal and school board elections have until September to put their names forward.
Voting in Seguin is done via Internet and telephone this year. Ballots will be tallied October 27. The next four-year term begins December 1.