Orangeville needs bold leadership, says mayoral contender

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Kim Reid hopes to seize every opportunity to improve Orangeville, should she be chosen to be the town’s next mayor this fall.

She is one of four hopefuls for mayor in the Oct. 24 municipal election.

Reid has lived in Orangeville for about 30 years and has built strong relationships with residents and cultivated an understanding of local issues and people’s concerns.

And, she said, she’s seen that the crowd at Orangeville Town Hall can do a better job for residents.

“Local government is supposed to make choices in the best interest of the community,” Reid said. “This was lost on the majority of our past council members.”

She said a municipal government that works better for the people can be achieved “with bold leadership to ensure smarter management of tax dollars and

project management.”

Reid said she believes in a “citizen-driven government” and will use the around-the-clock nature of the internet as an avenue to increase availability to residents.

“I want to use the 24/7 nature of the internet to build ongoing conversations that encourage cooperation and build consensus about difficult issues,” she said.

That will yield fruitful partnerships with citizens, community groups, and even neighbouring communities to create sustainable prosperity for Orangeville.

Being mayor is about balance and leadership, she said. It’s keeping your word and seizing opportunities to better the community. And she said she’d like to inspire people to take an active role in shaping their community.

“I come to politics out of my love for creative problem-solving and a love for my community,” Reid said. “I bring a modern and common-sense approach to the table and a need for the town to focus on fiscal responsibility.

“There are some tough decisions that will need to be made in the next few years.”

James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Citizen