Doug Struthers Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Doug Struthers
Position Sought: Mayor
Merrickville-Wolford has been my home for over thirty years and I hope I am fortunate enough to be here another thirty more.
I have a deeply vested interest in our Village. I am committed to our bright future and will safeguard our storied past and all those special things that make up our diverse community. It was a philosophy of service that lead me to the mayor’s chair from 2000-2014, and it is that which leads me back to mayoral campaign. The last four years have allowed me to consider my years of service as well as observe the present Council in action. Merrickville-Wolford deserves better.
I would my tenure with a complete assessment of how our municipality stands with regards to the state of our budget – allocations, loans, and outstanding financial commitments. Further, a complete review of procedures and policies that contributed to the many difficulties and legal entanglements experienced by Council over the past four years. Priority must be focused on working toward lowering taxes and water rates: more housing and increasing services offered by our waste treatment plant.
I will devote more time to urban and rural resident’s issues. Our residents contribute approximately 87% to the municipal tax base but don’t always enjoy 87% of benefits. I commit to bringing back smart decision-making to our Council, dignified representation and fiscal responsibility.
Merrickville-Wolford is a special place full of amazing people, strong agriculture community and a vibrant business sector. It is something to be proud of and foster and great respect.