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Local labour council endorses 'worker-friendly' candidates

Endorsed candidates such as Midland and Penetanguishene mayoralty candidates Bill Gordon and Jill St. Amant 'best suited to make meaningful and valuable change which will impact positively on regular families and workers,' says official
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Voters in Simcoe, Muskoka, Parry Sound, and surrounding areas have another tool to help them in selecting which candidates they will support in the upcoming municipal election.

The North Simcoe Muskoka and District Labour Council (NSMDLC) has released a list of ‘worker-friendly’ candidates who they are endorsing as voters head to the polls on or before Oct. 24.

President Mike De Rose shared that workers from all corners of the region came together to network and share information from their town or district about candidates. Coupled with the organization’s candidate survey, and speaking to community leaders around the region, De Rose is confident that the endorsed candidates “are best suited to make meaningful and valuable change which will impact positively on regular families and workers.”

“We believe in progressive and bold candidates who don’t shy away from tough issues, and who are willing to advocate for the needs in their communities. These candidates support sustainability, diversity, responsible government, and policies that raise the floor for the most vulnerable citizens, rather than raise the ceiling for the wealthy.”

As of today, citizens may visit to find out which candidates are endorsed in their local district, council, mayoral, or trustee races.

“This provides our communities with another tool to help them be informed about municipal elections. They may not get the same press as provincial or federal elections, but they are in many cases even more important,” said Amylee Patterson, executive member of the NSMDLC. “Affordable housing is tied to zoning. Paramedic services are half-funded by the municipal government, not to mention services and social infrastructure. Our municipal leaders need to be visionary and forward-thinking.”

The NSMDLC is committed to advocating for workers, their families, and their communities.

The NSMDLC 2022 municipal election endorsements are below:

Town council — Midland

Mayor — Bill Gordon

Councillor — Matthew Vaters

Town council — Penetanguishene

Mayor — Jill St.Amant

Councillor — Michel Mayotte

Councillor — Doug Leroux

Councillor — James Dalzell

Councillor — Debbie Levy

Township council — Severn

Deputy mayor — Judith Cox

Ward 2 — Dan Janssen

Township council — Oro-Medonte

Ward 2 — John Bard

City council — Orillia

Ward 3 — Jay Fallis

Ward 3 — Elizabeth Van Houtte

Ward 4 — Janet-Lynne Durnford

Town council — Bracebridge

Ward 1 — Cindy Waters

Ward 2 — Steve Binstock

Ward 3 — Andrew Struthers

Ward 5 — Serge Valcourt

Town council — Gravenhurst

Ward 5 — Christina Hunter

District council — Muskoka

Bracebridge — Brenda Rhodes

Bracebridge — Tatiana Sutherland

Huntsville — Kathleen May

Trustee endorsements

Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Bracebridge — Esther Childs

Near North District School Board, Zone 4 — Howard Wesley

Simcoe County District School Board, Wasaga Beach/Collingwood — Mike Foley

Simcoe County District School Board, Midland/Penetanguishene — Tyler Boswell

Simcoe County District School Board, Orillia/Severn — Meaghan Dunlop

Simcoe County District School Board, Oro-Medonte/Springwater — Liz Grummett