The Whitby mayor’s race features two candidates – a veteran in incumbent mayor Don Mitchell and Andrea Kennedy, who is new to the political scene.
Mitchell is coming off his first term as mayor, having won the last election in 2014 with 73 per cent of the vote against four other candidates.
Mitchell has been in politics since 1991. He served as North Ward councillor for 12 years and then represented Whitby on regional council from 2006-2014.
Mitchell said “the job hasn’t changed since I first started working in politics in 1991.” Mitchell added, “I have a council team that is professional beginning to end and they are good folk.”
Mayor Mitchell said that, “the election mainly for me is to see how I have done, are you (voters) happy with what I have done?”
Mitchell said, if re-elected, he will continue to work on the plans to continue addressing the downtown core.
“You truly can’t have a town without a good downtown,” he said.
Kennedy, meantime, wants Whitby to become a “community that can do business.” Kennedy is past president of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce (2015-2016) and has worked at UOIT as a contract faculty member.
Kennedy said if she is elected she will start plans to make businesses and housing along Highways 407 and 412 so that people will not have to drive to Toronto for work and won’t have to live far away.
“The cornerstone of a town are businesses,” she said.
Specifically, Kennedy wants to have larger businesses along Highways 407 and 412 so that the workforce can have more local jobs.
Kennedy also said that she wants students to come to Whitby for school and wants to build student housing so that can become a reality. Kennedy also wants housing developers to be socially conscience and try to make housing affordable.
“The mayor’s job is about partnerships,” said Kennedy.
Polls are open on election day, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-430-4315.