Three more people running in Innisfil
By Chris Simon Innisfil Scope July 14 2010
Three more experienced politicians will be seeking votes in the upcoming municipal election.
Current town councillors Rod Boynton and Lynn Dollin will be running for Ward 4 and 7 seats respectively, after officially filing nomination forms recently. Former councillor Roy Bridge has also declared an intention to run for election in Ward 6.
“It was a tough decision,” said Dollin, noting she had also thought about running for deputy mayor. “I would truly enjoy the challenge of deputy mayor and working with members and staff at (Simcoe) County council, but it came down to the time commitment. If there were eight days in the week, I’d do it.”
Fourteen people have officially declared their intention to run in the town so far. Nominees have been declared for each council post, including mayor, deputy mayor and all seven wards.
Dollin has sat on council for 16 years, while 2006-2010 was Boynton’s rookie term.
“Behind the scenes, council is passionate. I’m very proud to have worked with these councillors,” said Boynton. “Whether people know it or not, there’s so much work that’s gone on behind the scenes. This council has done a good job.”
However, there is still plenty to accomplish within the municipality. That includes attracting doctors and business to Innisfil, and improving the environment around the Lake Simcoe watershed, said Boynton.
“The environment is front and foremost in people’s minds, (as are) jobs and getting and industrial sector running. We are a model community, a settlement area close to Lake (Simcoe), we’re paying attention to our main streets, and create more jobs and economy,” said Boynton. “We’re working behind the scenes to get (Highway) 400 serviced, and made inroads on that. We’ve got the right people in place in the town office. This council has been working very hard to get a team in place. This is a team that can carry us properly into the future. The town is in good shape fiscally. We have all the people, but now we need to get everything to support them.”
Bridge spent nine years on council, before being defeated in the 2006 municipal election. He has live in Innisfil for over 40 years, and has chaired the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s board of directors and Committee of Adjustment. A former police officer, Bridge founded the Innisfil Municipal Law Department.
Boynton has served on several municipal committees, including the South Simcoe Police Services Board. Dollin currently chairs the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Committee.