Development, road safety among priorities for Partridge in Essa
Paul Partridge is running for Essa Township council in Ward 2.
From BarrieToday, Sep 3, 2022
Editor’s note: BarrieToday has asked council candidates in neighbouring Springwater and Essa townships to provide a synopsis of why they are running for public office. Municipal elections take place Oct. 24. The following is from Paul Partridge, who is running for council in Essa Township in Ward 2. For more election coverage, visit our 2022 municipal election page by clicking here, where you can find candidate profiles and other election news.
Name: Paul Partridge
Occupation: Realtor with Jennifer Jones Team, EXP Realty Brokerage
Address/Ward: 229 Thornton Ave., Thornton, Ont., Ward 2, Essa Township
Position I am running for: Councillor Ward 2, Essa Township
Previous political experience:
I have never held a position in politics. I am simply like most people who live in Essa Township. I am a resident who loves where they live and wants the best for their family and community. My professional background comes from over 30 years in automotive industry and real estate, and 23 of those years working with Toyota Canada Inc. The culture that I learned from Toyota was through applying the ‘Toyota Way’ to everything we do, which promotes respect for people and continuous improvement. These business principals have been adopted by countless organizations around the world in help improve process and organizational effectiveness.
Why I have decided to run?
I love my community. I was born here, raised here, educated here and I am raising my own kids here. I have always had a personal interest in politics. I spoke with former mayor and current MP for Simcoe-Grey, Terry Dowdall, a month or so ago, and he feels that being involved in municipal government is a truly rewarding way to serve your community and make a real impact in in the lives of people who live there. I am looking forward to the opportunity.
How will I embrace and champion diversity in this role?
For me, it means creating an environment where everyone feels welcome, respected, and valued. It means being intentional about seeking out diverse perspectives, and being open to learning new things. We can learn from each other, grow as individuals, and build stronger communities.
What are my top three issues?
Road Safety — There have been measures put in place to slow traffic, but more still needs to be done to keep our communities safe for residents and the especially our children.
Community Developments — Province is mandating municipalities plan for population increases. As an agricultural community we need to remain focused on protecting farmland and our resources, while accommodating the need for more housing to make room for a growing population.
Business development — I would like to see more done to promote local businesses and expand the types of businesses in our area.
If elected, what do you plan to accomplish in your first 100 days?
In my first 100 days in office, I am looking forward to meeting with staff of the municipality and the constituents of Essa Township. My background in business has taught me that objectives and initiatives are more likely to be successful when established
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