Two lesser known Candidates have added their names to those wanting to be elected as Councillor: Mark Mills and Sara Gardinier. Mark is Manager Transportation Services, City of Toronto and previously had a similar job at the County. Sara is a homecare PSW. As you might expect, Mark has a strong interest in active transportation and Sara wants to change the struggles the elderly and the disabled experience in our town. Mark’s web site records his meetings with key people in the Town and appreciates their support. Sara does not have a web site but seems to be relying on Facebook where she is quite active and says “change is needed”, “You can count on her to be 100% transparent.”
Mark has more comprehensive information – he has a platform (plan), information about himself, contact information and testimonials. He plans to have Lawn signs and asks for support.
Sara instead relies on getting the word out using her Facebook page with no talk about Lawn signs and little on campaign specifics. Her situation was not helped by coming down with Covid (see her Facebook page).
Sara’s Campaign (from her Facebook page)
My name is Sara and I have lived in Cobourg for the past 6 years with my husband and our 3 kids. I am originally from Oshawa, but my husband was born and raised in Cobourg. His grandmother was Marie Hall who owned and operated AM Hall’s Jewellers for many years. My profession is a homecare PSW and I truly enjoy what I do. I get to meet many interesting people and listen to their stories. It really is an honour.
I am running for town council because my job also shows me the many problems the elderly and the disabled experience in our town. I also see daily the struggles of families and singles and I want to try to change that.
If you vote for me, you will always have a voice.
Mark’s Campaign (summary)
The key to a successful municipal government is open-mindedness and a willingness to adapt.
Change can be difficult, but often necessary. It is time to take a hard look at fiscal responsibility and managing the municipal budget with a focus on YOU, the taxpayer.
I have 33 years of experience working in Municipal Government in a Senior Management role. This experience has allowed me to collaborate with staff, residents, businesses, and council in dealing with highly complex, ever-changing municipal demands all while providing cost-effective, cost efficient municipal services.
I was appointed by Cobourg Town Council as a member of the Transportation Advisory Committee. I provide leadership to Cobourg municipal council regarding the design, development and implementation and monitoring of policies, programs and facilities to enhance and promote a safe, sustainable and accessible transportation system.
Mark’s Plan (summary)
Conduct a line-by-line review of town budgets to verify there is no extra tax-burden
Ensure proper oversight of in-house and contract-delivered services for the Town.
Committed to investing in public transportation, cycling infrastructure, pedestrian facilities, trails, and walkways.
Supporting development and community growth while ensuring that the infrastructure and municipal services remain sustainable and viable.
Mark’s commitment – Your Vote, Your Voice
As I speak with residents and businesses in Cobourg, a common theme is that they feel they are not being heard by their elected officials. Your Vote, Your Voice is more than a slogan; if elected, I will make it my obligation to ensure that your concerns and ideas are heard by those who represent you.
Apart from Mark’s activity on the Transportation Advisory committee, these candidates will be new to most residents. But if you like what they say, they deserve your vote.
- Sara Gardinier Facebook page
- Mark Mills Web site
- Cobourg Internet Election Information Page – includes contact info for all Candidates and lists All Candidate meetings. Updated most days.