A Brockton Councillor has decided to run for Mayor.
After 18 years on Council, Chris Peabody says he is ready to take the next step.
He believes he has the experience, the drive and the passion necessary to take on such a challenging role.
Peabody cites three key priorities in the upcoming campaign: cutting red tape for development, a renewal of Brockton’s infrastructure needs and fiscal responsibility when it comes to the budget.
Peabody says bureaucratic red tape is hampering development in Brockton.
He notes Brockton has a housing shortage, both in rentals and private homes adding that there are too many government barriers that are slowing approvals for housing development.
Peabody says he has a good track record when it comes to cutting through red tape, citing his involvement in stopping the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority from blocking redevelopment in Walkerton’s downtown.
With 500 kilometres of roads, a renewal of Brockton’s infrastructure is another mandate.
Peabody says the province recently gave Brockton’s roads a D rating, saying many municipal roads are in poor shape and require attention.
The budget is another focus. Peabody notes over the last five years Brockton’s budget has increased close to 50 percent. (from 12 million to 17 million)
Peabody says this can not continue saying fiscal responsibility is the ultimate goal.
Peabody says this is the right time for him to run for mayor, after 31 years as a teacher he is retiring at the end of June.
He says this means he will have the time needed to commit to the position of mayor.
Peabody says he is looking forward to the campaign, knocking on doors and hearing what the needs, wants and concerns of residents are.
So far Peabody is the only one to throw his hat into the race for mayor, current Mayor David Inglis has announced he will not be seeking re-election.