Leeds & Thousand Islands Township – Today, John Paul Jackson, Ward Two Councillor for the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands officially announced his candidacy for Mayor of his municipality in the upcoming election to be held October 22,, 2018.
Jackson is quoted as saying that “after long and careful deliberation, serious family discussions about the past 3 years in the public spotlight and overwhelming public support and encouragement, Barb & I are formally announcing our continued commitment to our beautiful Township. Our resolve is stronger than ever that we must all work together with a new, forward thinking and cohesive council that will reinvigorate community pride and work toward projects that benefit us all, stimulate residential and economic growth while at the same time nurturing and promoting the rural, eco rich benefits that draw so many to want to live work and play here.”
Jackson has been the strongest supporter of Township staff as well as the lead advocate on behalf of Lansdowne Medical Centre financing, resident concerns over the Smith Bolger Drain, the drafting of the Official Plan, Ivy Lea development, better communication between council, staff and residents as well as safety issues around paved shoulders in the Township.
Along with a common sense approach to good governance Jackson is committed to having a new council immediately draft a simple bricks and mortar plan that would reflect prioritized community approved projects that each member of council would offer as their individual objectives over their 4 year term, with Jackson continuing to advocate for curb side garbage pick-up, reliable cost effective cellular/internet service and a long term cycling infrastructure plan as the projects he hopes to have the public support and council approve in early 2019.
Jackson acknowledged that after 38 years of service to his country and his community, he knows firsthand that there is no greater honor than public service and the opportunity to make the lives of others better and he looks forward to continuing with that privilege.