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Broderick plans to run in 2014

In Clearview
Nov 20th, 2010

By Michael Gennings Simcoe.com Nov 16, 2010
STAYNER – John Broderick, a candidate for the Ward 5 seat during the recent Clearview Township municipal election, said he plans to seek the seat again in 2014.
Broderick, who lost on Oct. 25 to incumbent Robert Walker, made the announcement in a thank you advertisement to voters that ran in the Nov. 10 edition of The Sun.
“It’s how I feel,” he said, when asked why he announced his plans for 2014 so early. “The desire to run for council in the first place was just one of those age things – I’ve become the age where it’s time to give back to the community. I believe I have skills to bring to the table.”
The 54-year-old said his decision to run in four years has nothing to do with Walker.
“It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the councillor in Ward 5,” Broderick said. “Robert’s done an excellent job. I’ve voted for him in the past. But I believe I can help.”
Broderick said that as a business owner – he owns a motorcycle, snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle dealership north of Stayner – and as an involved member of the Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicle Clubs, as well as the ATV Quad Council of Canada, he possesses an array of experience that would be useful on council.
“I was the president of a provincial trails organization for three terms and I helped form a national organization so I’ve already had experience working with the provincial and federal governments,” he said. “I know how to make things happen and I believe I can make a positive effect from the inside.”
Broderick said he found the recent municipal election “quite fascinating”.
“In Clearview’s case little change was needed and the electorate responded to that but all around us it appeared considerable change was needed and that’s what happened,” he said.
The local man credits the change to a few different factors.
“It appears the suburbs of Toronto have stepped up to the plate and they’ve had enough with Toronto’s bullying and they are agreeing with the views of small town Ontario and rural Ontario,” he explained. “In Simcoe County – an election following a negative economy is bound to bring about changes. People get worried and rightly so and of course we had the Site 41 issue, which was a turning point for a lot of the electorate.”
As for Clearview Township over the next four years, Broderick said he thinks things are “on the right path”.
“I don’t agree with every decision but I agree with the process and the course they’re on,” he said of the current council. “They do good work. The work with Wasaga Beach [the Stayner-Wasaga Beach servicing agreement] is bang on.”
Broderick said that over the next four years council should “be utilizing more joint efforts – it’s far more efficient.”


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