Baguley running for mayor
BY Bruce Hain Alliston Herald February 02, 2010
INNISFIL – A person well known to many Innisfil residents is running for mayor — again.
Barb Baguley, a former Innisfil deputy mayor (1997-2006) and town councillor (1988 to 1997), has decided to re-enter the political arena. She filed her nomination papers and paid the $100 registration fee at Innisfil’s Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 29.
“It’s early in the campaign, but I had made my mind up to run,” Baguley says. “I didn’t want to be coy with people.”
“It is time for Innisfil to choose a strong leader who can unite council, work effectively with staff, listen to our residents, and take positive action to meet the needs of this community,” Baguley said in a media release. “I believe I am that person.”
The municipal election is being held Monday, Oct. 25.
Baguley has lived in Innisfil for more than 30 years with her husband, Warren.
In 2006, Baguley ran for mayor, losing to incumbent Brian Jackson. Since then, she has been active in a number of community organizations, including the Greater Innisfil Chamber of Commerce, Crime Stoppers, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice Simcoe and the Innisfil Rotary Club.
Her volunteer work the past few years has not only kept Baguley busy, it has been an enlightening experience for her, too.
“Out working in the community has really shown me how many volunteers are out there. The value of their work adds to the essence of our town and the quality of life.”
Jackson has not formally declared whether he is seeking another term of office. Meanwhile, Gord Wauchope has said he will run for mayor although he has yet to formally file his nomination papers for the post.
“We need to open the lines of communication between residents and council,” Baguley says. “ I will create an environment where it is easier for residents to meet with councillors, formally and informally. I am asking Innisfil residents to reflect on the past term of council and to choose change. It is my objective to return to responsible spending and take positive action to meet the needs of this community.
“It is my town and I love it.”