In an emotional moment on Monday, Councillor Chris Cummings announced he would not be seeking re-election in October. “It’s time for me to step back,” he said, adding he’s been 12 years on council, made a number of friends and has a new understanding of municipal government and politics.
He said he never envisioned becoming a career politician but shortly after he was elected, Hershey’s shut down their factory, Stanley Tools left and Rideau Regional Centre closed. It was a devastating time for retail, manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and service industries, he remembers. He stayed, he says, because he felt his experience as a business banker and financial planner would be of value to the town. Today, he says, there is a dramatic turnaround in the Town. “With the return of jobs along with residential, commercial and industrial growth, the town of Smiths Falls is in fantastic shape. Our economic prospects have never been better. This community is clearly on the rise.”