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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Saugeen Shores Mayor to Retire

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Mike Smith will not seek re-election.

Saugeen Shores will have a new mayor after the October municipal election.

Mayor Smith says this is his last term as mayor, after more than 20-years in municipal politics.

His political career began in the former Saugeen Township in the mid-1980's.

He was elected Deputy Mayor of Saugeen Shores in 2000 and became mayor in 2006 and is completing his third term as mayor.

Smith says it's time to slow down and "enjoy things a little more," referring to the time he spends with his grandchildren.

He says, "It's time to move on."

Smith says as he winds down his political career, he points to the town staff who have helped him and the councils he's served on, help build the community.

It's not known who the next mayor will be, but according to the unofficial list of candidates posted by the town, only one person has filed papers for the position--current Deputy Mayor Luke Charbonneau.

When asked if he had any advice for the next mayor, he said, "Know when to get in, know when to get out."

Mayor Mike Smith has recognized that and is getting out of municipal politics.

The municipal election is October 22nd.



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