“South Stormont is a very safe, and healthy place to raise a family or enjoy the lifestyle of a senior,” said Smith, continuing there are activities and programs for all age groups. Courtesy Photo

SOUTH STORMONT – Current South Stormont Deputy Mayor David Smith filed his nomination papers for the office of SS mayor on Aug. 18.

“I decided to run for mayor at the last minute because I felt my hands were being tied when it came to township decisions in regard to advancing and progressing. It seemed that we were spinning our wheels and getting into the same old rut once again. I believe that I have a plan to get things moving forward in a pace that is manageable,” said Smith. His decision-making process includes consulting with stakeholders, listening to what they have to say and taking their comments into consideration.

Smith moved to the municipality in 1986 and has been active in both community organizations and fundraising activities since that time. He has fundraised for many organizations including Cancer, Meals on Wheels, OSPCA and has been instrumental in founding local sports’ programs.”

“I have eight years’ experience in government as I sat on many different boards and committees,” commented Smith who has served as SS deputy mayor after being elected in 2018. After studying process operations at Sarnia’s Lambton College, he worked in distillation and has experience leading work crews in road and pipeline construction and “owned a Pub in Long Sault called Grumpy’s.”

Smith feels the top three challenges facing South Stormont include doctor recruitment, development of the waterfront in the municipality and wastewater treatment plan or extension. The issue of wastewater management is cited by Smith as being critical and he noted tax dollars are being spent “on aging and irreparable infrastructure.” The development of the municipality’s waterfront would help to bring tourists to the area. Smith noted that doctor recruitment needs to be addressed. “We need to take a different approach to recruitment, and I have a plan in place,” commented the candidate.

If elected mayor, Smith plans to address all these issues. “The system I have in mind would work for all three,” he commented, explaining there needs to be a strong asset management plan in place. He mentioned the importance in the supporting of schools in the municipality, ensuring roads are maintained, and safety issues on Highway 138.