Theresa Fritz Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Theresa Fritz
Municipality: Carleton Place
Position Sought: Councillor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): I am a journalist with 29 years of experience in the industry and until January 2018 was a Managing Editor with Metroland Media. I am now employed as a Senior Business Analyst with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Human Resources Branch – Government of Canada.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Councillor, Town of Carleton Place, 2014-2018
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Current chair of the Algonquin College Journalism Advisory Committee; Secretary of the Carleton Place Minor Hockey Association – May 2016 to present; Recipient of the Metroland Media Connected to Your Community Award – 2016; Recipient of Silver Quill award for 25 years of distinguished service from the Canadian Community Newspapers Association – May 2015; Past president and member of the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Foundation (2007 – 2016); Former board member of the United Way of Lanark County – 2002-2007; Former board member/chair of Carleton Place and District Youth Centre – 1997-2002; provided media training to East Region Ontario Provincial Police – 1999; Former board member Lanark County Interval House – 1991-1992.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: The top three issues for me this election are 1) helping create a council environment that allows us to use our valuable time and resources to get things done without personal agendas or negativity; 2) focusing on economic development and the hiring of an Economic Development Officer; and 3) helping create a budget/financial plan that will allow the town to manage major projects like the Central Bridge replacement, construction of the new arena dressing rooms, encourage affordable housing projects and funding contribution for the new hospital emergency department. It should not be one or the other but an ability to manage multiple projects over time without major tax increases.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: We do not work alone on council. It’s the work of the collective, under strong leadership. I will work with my fellow councillors to create an environment of inclusion and cooperation. I will advocate for the creation of an EDO position and ensure council has opportunity for discussion and input prior to budget deliberations. I will stand up for projects and money should be made available to move our new arena expansion forward ahead of 2019 budget talks while making sure we save and finance for the $5 to $8 million Central Bridge replacement. I believe we need to examine development and encourage developers to fill in where there is need for different type of housing (affordable).
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): No. I own my own home and pay taxes on this property only.