The Deputy Mayor in Cobourg is given the responsibility of managing the Town’s budget so is one of the more important positions. For this election, there are two candidates: Suzanne Séguin for re-election and Councillor Nicole Beatty. Based on their published campaigns (on their web sites), they have quite different ideas of what Council should be focused on. Nicole has an emphasis on making the Town a good place to live with thriving arts and culture, recreation and heritage and ensuring that everyone has access to meaningful opportunities, services, and experiences. Suzanne’s emphasis is on minimizing taxes while providing all the services that people need – as distinct from want. Both want to hear from voters now but Suzanne also plans a weekly news blog when elected.
Both Nicole and Suzanne have useful information on their websites so we can understand who they are and what they hope to achieve as Deputy Mayor.
Both candidates provide personal information:
- Nicole loves Cobourg and is active in multiple committees and community groups. She says she’s an idea generator, an innovative thinker, a collaborator, and a get-things-done implementer.
- Together with her husband Gerry, Suzanne owns Lighthouse Press. She is also active in multiple committees and community groups. Her web site includes some family photos.
But let’s explore their Campaigns.
Nicole Beatty Campaign Summary
- Her vision for Cobourg is a community where everyone is welcome and housing is attainable for all
- Takes a team approach to financial planning.
- Plan and manage municipal finances and core assets to provide Cobourg citizens with a high quality of life while also positioning the Town for long-term success.
- Diversify Town’s revenue sources (grants, nontaxation revenue, user fees, etc.)
- Welcome new industries that provide a living wage job.
- Invest in responsible and sustainable tourism
- Encourage business incubation, attraction, and retention initiatives
- Honour the values of transparency and accountability at all levels of decision-making and policy development
- Host coffee conversations, drop-in office hours, forums, roundtables, and other formats to keep residents informed
- Explore the creation of innovative models to rapidly expedite the much urgent need for affordable and attainable mixed-used housing and purpose-built rentals.
- Collaborate with community organizations, citizens, Northumberland County and the provincial and federal government to design and implement a permanent solution to address homelessness in our community.
- Invest in active, connected, and green infrastructure and technologies, including bike paths, walking trails, EV charging stations, and a hybrid/electric transit fleet, all while supporting the advancement of the Town’s Transit Master Plan.
- Advance the Town of Cobourg Cultural Master Plan and Promote, preserve and progress the Town’s rich heritage and history through creative partnerships with galleries, museums, societies and other likeminded groups.
Suzanne Séguin Campaign Summary
- Proven experience
- She wants to hear from Residents
- Top priority is a Budget that is fair, responsible and reflects our core values, while keeping our taxes and debt under control
- A new approach is required for Cobourg’s Strategic plan, so Council gets more done in less time
- Initiatives will also include: innovative marketing for Cobourg, saving energy in cost-effective ways, and taking another look at transit, parking and fees for town services.
- Keep costs (and property taxes) as low as possible by avoiding unnecessary costs for items added to the budget without due consideration. Sometimes enthusiasm for a bright idea or pet project can result in significant costs but no useful outcome. The Town of Cobourg can’t be everything to everyone.
- Will manage “needs over wants”, while ensuring that Cobourg remains a progressive community that serves its residents and businesses and has a sustainable plan for the future.
- Suzanne will create and publish Inside Cobourg Council. Published every Thursday it will include information about what has been discussed during Council, committee and advisory meetings. She will invite citizens to give input.
- Will promote economic development keeping in mind a balance of new or expanded services and asking “How big do we want to be?”
- Get the Public more involved in the Strategic Plan which is created at the start of the new term then serves as our roadmap. All budgets, motions and ideas that Council reviews MUST be in that plan. Suzanne notes: “Unfortunately, many of the visions created by this term of Council did not get realized, primarily due to frequent additions and requests by members of Council for projects that were not in our plan.”
Above are extracts from their web sites but they are worth visits since both Nicole and Suzanne provide a lot more detail.
Nicole Beatty’s Web site https://nicolebeatty.ca/
Suzanne Séguin’s web site https://www.suzanneseguin.ca/
Cobourg Internet page with information on all candidates.