John Smith running for Ward 4 of Dysart et al
By Sue Tiffin
Published June 26, 2018
Nominations for council continue to trickle in with a new candidate and an incumbent throwing their proverbial hats into the ring for Dysart and Highlands East councils.
In Highlands East, current Ward 1 Councillor Cam McKenzie is running again for the position, which covers the Bicroft area. McKenzie is the chair of the recreation and culture committee and housing and grants committee.
John Smith, a resident of Kennisis Lake, registered last week for the Ward 4 councillor position in Dysart. Aaron Walker has also filed his nomination for the spot. It is currently held by Susan Norcross.
Smith has lived in the area as a seasonal resident since 2002, and retired full-time here in 2016. He has been a board member for the Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners’ Association since 2015, as well as a member of the board of Abbey Gardens from 2015 to 2016. He currently chairs the Community Advisory Committee at Haliburton Highlands Health Services. He was school trustee in Etobicoke for three terms.
“Going forward,” reads his press release, “Smith sees maintaining our healthy lakes and forests as the most important challenge in Dysart. As a first step, he would like to see the local government place a greater focus on educating property owners about what they can do to make a difference.”
Election day will be held on Oct. 22.