Many election candidates don’t respond to The Courier’s question

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – In the last instalment of The Courier’s pre-election coverage, we emailed questions to all candidates running for office in Fundy Shores, Saint Andrews and the Southwest Rural District. Fewer than half responded.

The question we sent was: Working together, finding common ground and keeping the interests of the entire Fundy Shores area in mind will be crucial to the new council having success. What experience do you have in transition settings or strategic planning that can be useful in helping the newly constituted council work productively?

All candidates were given the same word count for responses and the same timeline to submit their answer. Responses are presented alphabetically by last name.

Fundy Shores

MAYOR

Denny Cogswell

  • Successful strategic plans have clear goals, key metrics and smart initiatives. As a lifelong resident, who has witnessed the strong support systems that exist, where neighbours help neighbours, where a sense of shared commitment to our community is felt and a wealth of opportunity exists, I am confident together, through open and transparent communication, we can harvest these opportunities that exist and create solutions to our challenges. As a community, we must collaboratively set goals, metrics and initiatives to drive change. I will then advocate not only locally, but regionally and provincially. One of the items I envision is maintaining our tax rate low and maintaining our rural lifestyle. We together need to initiate a plan that is sustainable, while being efficient and financially responsible.

J. Scott Wright

  • My most recent experiences representing our area as a member of the transition team (government reform) for our new rural municipality Fundy Shores and the chairperson for the Lepreau LSD committee has provided me many insights. My life-long career, leadership training, continuous improvement initiatives and learnings have solidified my beliefs that anything is possible by listening, collaboration, inclusion, respectful/professional relationships, and, most importantly, team work. Continuous improvement in our community is near and dear to my heart and I believe I have the leadership skills to move us forward.

COUNCILLOR AT LARGE

Deanna Bent

  • Fundy Shores Council, along with the community, needs to define a clear, achievable vision of who we want to be. I envision a welcoming rural community that looks out for one another, from the elderly to children, celebrates and mourns as one and provides opportunities to keep us here. How do we do this? We look to provide and grow services: elder care, childcare, recreation, tourism, etc. Next, outline the steps and budget with an achievable timeline. We have a strong start: great people and an area with natural beauty and plentiful resources. I have worked as a leader in assessing – reviewing the existing, comparing to the end goal and creating action plans to achieve it. I welcome a challenge to grow as one.

Susan Farquharson

  • I am a life-long resident of Fundy Shores who is passionate about sustainable communities, so much so that I did a Masters study on them. I am a community collaborator who worked to build a lab and program to save the soft-shell clam beds. I served for three years as the Lepreau LSD chair and in that role on the Southwest Regional Service Commission so I know how much work lies ahead for Fundy Shores Council.

COUNCILLOR WARD 1

Heather Dawn Saulnier, did not respond.

COUNCILLOR WARD 2

Tina Marie Dealy, did not respond.

COUNCILLOR WARD 3

Lorraine R. Thompson

  • Action plans are subject to change. I am committed to keeping a strategic adaptive mindset. With my experiences, I believe it is critical that we listen to interests and voice of the community to make a difference.

Saint Andrews

COUNCILLOR WARD 1 – BAYSIDE

Jeremiah Kerr

  • The experiences I’ve gained in life and my professional career are the ability to set goals and evaluate progress to help ensure that people and businesses can adapt to an ever-changing world. I have the leadership skills, the ability to work with all skill types and personalities, and enjoy working with others, but most importantly respecting everyone’s views and concerns. From my time growing up on a farm to becoming a manager in a world-leading company, I feel all my life experiences, education and well-rounded personality are going to be key to ensuring Bayside residents have a council member that works productively for them.

Darrell Weare

  • I have been involved in transition planning and implementation for almost 50 years in both the private and public sectors. The initial structure and framework of the decision-making process will be critical to the success of the new council going forward. Proper strategic planning during the initial months will form the foundation of a strong council in the ensuing years. To bring a diverse group together is never an easy task. We must find our common goals and fully understand the differences of rural and urban lifestyles.

COUNCILLOR WARD 2 – CHAMCOOK

Mark Bennett, did not respond.

Blair Gordon, The Courier was unable to find contact information for the candidate.

Annette Harland, did not respond.

Southwest Rural District

MEMBER WARD 1

Dennis Blair, did not respond.

Brian Gardner, did not respond.

MEMBER WARD 2

Jim Tubbs

  • I have been the chair of a Local Service District since 2014 and have been a member of the board of the Regional Service Commission since 2015. I have been a member of Technical Advisory, Human Resources, Bylaw Review and the Executive Committee. I was a member of the Regional Service Commission Transition Committee and have become informed on how new mandated services will affect the rural district. I have also read extensively on topics such as how climate change legislation might affect rural Canada in the immediate future. I pride myself in my ability to listen openly to opinions that are different from my own and to work with colleagues to create solutions that are satisfactory to all.

MEMBER WARD 3

Sheena Young, did not respond to phone messages seeking an email address.

robertfisher@stcroixcourier.ca