Chatham-Kent’s Mayor is officially running for office again.
Mayor Darrin Canniff officially filed his nomination forms on July 5 and will seek his second term as Mayor in the Fall.
First elected to council in 2014 as a councillor in Chatham’s Ward 6, Canniff was elected as Mayor in 2018, capturing 56 percent of the vote.
Canniff said his reason for seeking re-election is to continue building on what he described as “positive momentum” in Chatham-Kent.
“We want to continue our growth pattern; we’re on a very positive trajectory right now,” he said. “People have noticed Chatham-Kent, and they want to move here, both from a commercial side, manufacturing side and residential side. We need to keep that coming.”
Canniff highlighted the number of new subdivisions being built in communities across the region and new businesses coming to CK as part of the positive projectory.
While reiterating he wants to continue on the positive trajectory, Canniff said he wants to keep making it easy for a business to do business in Chatham-Kent.
He said when talking with employers, more than 90 percent of employers need employees but cannot find them. Canniff said Chatham-Kent needs the amenities such as the Downtown Chatham Centre to attract people to move to CK.
“The only solution to that is to have more people here, so they have more people to select for jobs,” said Canniff. We need more people here. Employers need more employees.”
Canniff pointed to the potential investment in downtown Chatham that could see a new city hall, cultural centre, museum and library located at the Downtown Chatham Centre site, along with a new entertainment and arena complex and more retail stores.
“That is one of those game-changers that will attract people, as well as keep people in the community,” he said.
The Mayor also said he wants to see more done in the arts and culture sector.
“We’ll need to start spending some money on arts and culture, public art, and create a vibe. I want to see more events in Chatham-Kent, those types of things, where it’s a culture and people can be part of the community,” said Canniff.
The deadline to submit nomination papers for Chatham-Kent’s municipal election is August 19.
Chatham-Kent’s 2022 Municipal Election is taking place on October 24, 2022. Voting will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Advance Polling days will take place on October 13 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Internet voting will take place from Monday, October 3 at 10 a.m. to October 16 at 10 p.m.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News