Collingwood’s deputy mayor Brian Saunderson eyes top job
by John Edwards Collingwood Connection
Collingwood’s deputy mayor wants the top job.
Brian Saunderson will be running for mayor in the municipal election this October.
“After serving a term as deputy mayor, I’ve had experience learning the ropes,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a job you just jump into.”
Saunderson was elected for his first term on council in 2014, receiving 5,701 votes.
“I think it’s a natural progression for me,” he said.
Saunderson said he’d like to build on some of the accomplishments of the current council, including fiscal responsibility and open and transparent government.
Saunderson pushed for the community based strategic plan, which outlined a number initiatives residents wanted council to focus on.
“I think the community based strategic plan was our road map,” he said.
“It’s about vision and leadership for the community.”
Saunderson, who is married with three children, has worked as a lawyer for more than 20 years and was a member of the Canadian Olympic rowing team in 1988 and 1992.
Former OPP inspector John Trude has also filed to run for mayor.