Norfolk County resident and business owner Bill Dendekker has added his name to the race for the vacant Ward 2 council seat.
Dendekker says he has seen a pattern of council decision-making lacking common sense and believes he can bring a fresh perspective to help restore growth to the area.
“I’ve lived and run my business in this area with my family for over 25 years,” says Dendekker, “and I’m frustrated at how council seems to be making it unattractive for families and businesses to come here. So I want to do something about that.
“Norfolk seems to only think about major centres like Port Dover and Simcoe for building houses. Why not encourage development in smaller communities too, like Langton or Lynedoch, to give people more housing options and let them have shorter commutes? I know people who are commuting here from Brantford or Hamilton because they have to. We’re not giving them any other choice.”
Helping smaller communities retain their local identity is another reason why Dendekker, the owner of CDN Buildings, a family-run metal fabrication plant based in Delhi, is entering the race for Council.
Dendekker, who lives west of Courtland, is a long-time supporter of local first responders, food banks and youth associations, and has experience working with farmers.
He says his lack of political experience is exactly why he’s the right candidate for the job.
“People in the community that know me, know what kind of person I am. I’m proud of our local, family-run business and I’ve always supported the community. I don’t think having a ton of political connections is what’s needed in council. What’s needed is someone who knows the area and what people are struggling with, and can lend some fresh ideas and a dose of common sense to the process of supporting the people of Norfolk County.”
As of March 26, six people have registered as candidates for the May 27 by-election.