Jack Contin has entered the race to become Midland's next deputy mayor.
As current Deputy Mayor Mike Ross had announced vacating the seat, Contin will join town councillor Cody Oschefski on the Octoboer 24 ballot.
“As a former town councillor and public servant for over 25 years, I bring experience to the table,” Contin stated. “I also bring perspective, being outside council the last few years.
"I’ve noticed a reluctance on the part of many councillors to engage, either with each other or the community. We’ve seen council grow out of touch and reach with residents, possibly from the isolation of the pandemic, but it’s time for your local representatives to get back in touch with the community.”
With past employment including Parks Canada, Environment Canada, the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and within international and domestic tourism, Contin says he understands the importance of local tourism and a thriving environment for the area.
“Most recently I have been working to advocate for the protection and promotion of conservation tourism around Georgian Bay and its watershed," Contin said.
"I’m part of a team from the University of Toronto, as well as the scientific and business community, doing work to designate Georgian Bay as an UNESCO GeoPark. The goal is to create unique partnerships between the municipal, business and Indigenous communities. This work will be valuable, as we continue our community consultations to nurture Midland Bay Landing.”
Community consultations are at the heart of Contin’s message.
“As your Deputy Mayor,” said Contin, “I would set an example by listening to the suggestions and concerns of my neighbours and fellow Midlanders, and by carrying the information to the council table for a respectful and mature dialogue, keeping us on track about things important to our town.”
Information on the Midland municipal election can be found on the Town of Midland website.
Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca