What I’m All About

Dear Midland residents,

It has been my honour and privilege to have served the community as a member of our former century-old community police service for 24 years before it was disbanded in February 2018.

Since disbandment of the police service, I was honoured to continue my service to the community and, thanks to the generous support of Ward 2 voters, I was elected to Municipal Council for the 2018 to 2022 term.

Honesty and integrity are core principles with me.  Integrity is the one thing that nobody can take away from you, unless you choose to give it away.

My pledge is simple. I will stand up for what I believe is right for this community and its residents with unbending determination.  I will always look for compromises but am not afraid of conflict and will always side with what is right, fair and just.  I am hard-working, dependable and show up prepared for the task at hand.  I will answer your phone calls, e-mails, social media questions and will happily speak to you in person about any issues you have with the Town of Midland and our service delivery.  I work for you and all your neighbours and you pay my modest salary in return.

I am one of your nine voices in Municipal affairs for the next four years. I will not dismiss your deputations or petitions. I will not be unduly influenced by special interest groups and won’t participate in shadow councils or behind-the-scenes deals that run counter to the open and transparent democratic process guaranteed by the Municipal Act.

I will carefully examine the facts of each issue I am asked to vote on. I will consult with the community and hear your input both for and against important issues. I will vote to support the best interests of the town for its short term and long term prosperity for both my family and yours.

Your 2018-2022 Municipal Council

Left to right: Bill Gordon (me), Cher Cunningham, Jim Downer, Mike Ross, Stewart Strathearn, Carol McGinn, Jon Main, Beth Prost, Cody Oschefski

Growth, Preservation & Respect

I am but one vote of nine. I will make that vote count on each and every issue and will respect the decisions made by Council regardless of whether they align with my personal beliefs on a subject. I will however, seek out facts from subject matter experts, and the community to help guide my decisions and share that rationale with you before I cast each vote.

Just as I was in my policing career, I am always approachable and ready to hear more than one side to an issue. My bias is towards the truth and towards evidence-based decision making. My goal is to serve the community with fairness, impartiality and to keep openness and transparency at the forefront.

My priorities in Council this term will continue into the next term as your Mayor and include but are not limited to:

  • Improved Community Safety Initiatives
  • Community Collaboration & Consultation
  • Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • Improved Municipal Communications
  • Adherence To Democratic Process and Transparency
  • Improved Services Without Divestment
  • Economic Growth & Jobs
  • Youth & Seniors Issues
  • Fair Taxation & No Nonsense Budgets
  • Seek Further Municipal Efficiencies
  • Waterfront Preservation For The Community
  • Protecting Parkland From Further Development
  • Respecting Property Owner’s Rights (Natural Heritage Designation)
  • Support the Midland Forward and Strategic Plan Initiatives
  • Resisting gentrification
  • Lobbying the County to make affordable housing builds a priority in Midland

I Will Put Our Community First!

I’ll put our Community First! in every decision I am asked to make – because it is the right thing to do.