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Gutowski to run for Mayor next year
by Jeff Green
Not many people are thinking about the municipal elections that are scheduled for next November, but Central Frontenac Councillor Janet Gutowski has decided to be the first to announce her intention to run for Mayor.
“It’s important to communicate with people,” Gutowski said. “There is no reason, now that I’ve made the decision to run, that I shouldn’t let people know.”
Campaigning for the position cannot legally take place until registration is opened early next year, and Gutowski said she is going to carry on her duties as Councillor and chair of the township’s economic development committee in the same way she has for the past two years.
“This will not change what I do at Council. I’m going to continue working in the direction that I’ve established. But I will make myself more aware of what is going on at the County level,” she said.
As to her reasons for seeking the Mayor’s job, Gutowski said she feels that the township needs someone with experience and vision as Mayor.
Although Gutowski said that incumbent mayor Bill MacDonald has announced he is not running next year, Bill MacDonald did not confirm this.
“I’d have to say I’m undecided at this point,” he said. “There are things that might happen within the next year that could lead me to run for a fourth term.”
Howard Gibbs, who has been a candidate in all three Central Frontenac mayoralty races so far, said he’s been too busy of late to think about whether he’s going to run next year or not.
Prior to moving to Central Frontenac, Janet Gutowski served on the Council in Thorold, Ontario for two terms. She worked for Bell Canada while in Thorold, but has since retired from the company.