Baird wants to move up from councillor to mayor in Cumberland

Leslie Baird announced Wednesday she will run for mayor of Cumberland in the Nov. 19 municipal elections.

Leslie Baird announced Wednesday she will run for mayor of Cumberland in the Nov. 19 municipal elections. “It has been my honour to serve as Village councillor for the past 21 years, including two years as regional district representative,” she said.”This is a critical period for our community, where experience and sound leadership is required.”We are all aware of the need to seek credible and affordable water and sewer solutions. Solid waste remains a top priority. Few know that we will soon be accepting Campbell River’s garbage.”We need to take a firm stand to ensure the Village is compensated for the extra wear and tear on our roads. We also need to ensure state-of-the-art landfill management. It is no longer acceptable to allow leachate to enter into our watersheds.”Baird said the Official Community Plan needs updating.”All residents should have the right to be heard. All citizens’ rights should be respected. There is a need to ensure our plan fits seamlessly into the Regional Growth Strategy. By working together we can achieve far more to improve the lives of Village residents.”Communication is key, and we are far more effective with your input. If elected mayor, you will be heard, and your ideas valued.We may be a small village, but we will also do our part to lower our carbon footprint. I’m happy to report staff has begun this process by undertaking an audit of our carbon footprint.”My door is open, but even more importantly is my mind. If elected the first woman mayor in Cumberland’s history, I will set up regular public meetings that will accommodate your schedule.”I extend to outgoing Mayor Fred Bates and to long-serving Coun. Moncrief my heartfelt thank you. Your dedication is unparalleled.”Baird can be reached at either the Village office at 250-336-2291 or at her residence number, which is 250-336-2718.— Leslie Baird

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