Linda Vandendriessche has announced her candidacy for the Ward 2 by-election in Norfolk County to replace retired councillor Roger Geysens.
“The reason I want to run is to serve the people of the ward to make sure we have a voice,” said Vandendriessche. “Major decisions are being made without us.
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“I feel we need a strong voice willing to speak up about our concerns and participate in making good sound decisions that help our county grow, not divide us. Cooperation and consensus are a large part of how I work, but I can’t stress enough that this county must be transparent. The people need to have fair consultation and, of course, fiscal responsibility, which has always been one of my fundamental principals.
“Having the experience and the time, I would be proud to serve the residents of Ward 2.”
Vandendriessche’s experience includes time as school board trustee in the former Norfolk County. She was appointed by the province to the transition board dissolving the two-tiered government of regional council, separating Haldimand council from Norfolk.
She also served on the tobacco board and many agricultural organizations, as well as worked on farms.
She served on the foreign agricultural workers program committee doing such things as negotiating labour contracts with both Mexico and the Caribbean islands, led by chair Ken Forth.
“This organization serves the farmers very well and I learned a lot about this program,” she said. “We need these programs if you want food on the table.”
Married to Ron, she has lived on a farm in Langton for many years.
“Again, I want to be the voice of Ward 2. I love this county and feel it does have so much to offer and can go even further to be a great county.”
Vandendriessche filed her nomination papers Feb. 18.
Ward 2 nominations close April 16, and the by-election is expected in late May.