This morning, Cobourg councillor Suzanne Séguin filed her nomination papers as a candidate for Deputy Mayor. There was no public event but she issued a Press Release outlining her campaign commitments and her credentials. In January 2017, Suzanne was selected to replace Councillor Larry Sherwin who resigned in December 2016 (see post in links below). In mid 2014, she moved to Cobourg from Prescott where she had served as Mayor and was immediately involved in many Cobourg community organizations. In addition, Suzanne and her husband Gerry Brown operate Lighthouse Press which recently published a well-received book about Cobourg by Rob Mikel. As a Councillor, she has been busy on several committees and has made her presence felt with some dissent on key issues.
Platform and commitments
In her Press Release, Suzanne said she is running:
- “…on a promise of public engagement, especially when it comes to the Town budget, increased use of evidence based decision-making and a commitment to doing the hard work necessary to implement municipal decisions that keep Cobourg thriving.
- “…to build on the dedicated work of John Henderson and to further strengthen evidence based decision-making and public engagement in Cobourg.”
- “We live in an incredible community and I have the experience and commitment to put in the long hours necessary to keep it that way.”
- “My time serving in municipal government has given me tremendous respect for the process of local government;
- “Working closely with residents, businesses and local industry on issues that impact people’s daily lives, has cemented the values that I bring to the table – openness, dedication, honesty and transparency. If elected deputy mayor, I will live these values when making decisions for the Town of Cobourg.”
- Séguin served for three years on Council in the Town of Prescott, chairing the Finance and Economic Development Committees. She then served as mayor for a four-year term.
- A former board member of the Cobourg Economic Development Advisory Committee
- Former CEDAC representative on the Downtown Coalition and Downtown Marketing Partnership
- Former board member of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) for Cobourg and East Northumberland.
- In 2017 she was co-chair of the marketing committee on the Canada 150 Organizing Committee in Cobourg.
As Community Services Coordinator, she is currently on the boards of
- Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA),
- Cobourg Public Library,
- Art Gallery of Northumberland
- A liaison to the Cobourg Farmers’ Market.
- A member of the Armistice ’18 Committee
- Member of the newly formed Master Cultural Plan Steering Committee.
- Member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg
- Member of 100 Women Northumberland.
Séguin believes that Cobourg’s council and staff can work together with citizens to achieve a stronger, more sustainable community.
Currently, there are enough candidates to fill all positions with none extra. That is, if an election were held today, all candidates would be acclaimed and there would be no need for an election. That is probably unlikely so we can expect there will be more candidates – you can see an updated list of those who have filed to run for Council here.
- Council Selects Suzanne Séguin as Councillor – 23 Jan 2017
- Waterfront Study finally accepted by Council – 5 July 2018 – Acceptance vote was 6- 1 with Suzanne the only dissenting vote.
- Presentation by Suzanne when seeking to be nominated in 2017 – Includes additional bio information