A Canaan Heights man was prompted to run for District 11 out of a desire to make Kings County a better place to live.
Jim Winsor, along with wife Betty Anne and twin sons James and Gareth, relocated to Kings County from Yellowknife in 2006. A certified accountant, Winsor is now retired, but his experience has involved both controllership and financial management as well as general management at the senior levels of government.
‚ÄúAll of us have been unreservedly happy with our life here in Kings County and Nova Scotia,‚ÄĚ says Winsor, but he believes improvements can be made.
‚ÄúI believe that a strong vibrant Kings County Council that is progressive, democratic and that works positively with people, businesses, villages and towns will make this County a better place to live. I believe that I have the skills, experience and passion to help make that happen.‚ÄĚ
Despite a 2010 report that spoke of the dysfunctions of council, the county still has a terrible reputation in the community, he added.
‚ÄúRelationships are not good with other levels of government and businesses are frustrated in trying to move forward,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúMaking council more democratic and functional would be my number one priority as all other goals and the aspirations of the people are tied to that.‚ÄĚ
He added that financial management and accountability would be a high priority and his work experience, as well as local volunteerism, lends well to that.
Although he supports the Kings 2050 study that‚Äôs underway, he expressed concerns about the ‚Äúmagic answer to everything‚ÄĚ attitude he believes council has about it.
‚ÄúThis council has frustrated the Village of New Minas‚Äô expansion plans and this is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúNew Minas is dynamic and progressive. I would work with them to help achieve their plans to grow.‚ÄĚ
Editor‚Äôs note: The Kings County Advertiser and Register will run announcements of newcomers who intend to run in the municipal election in the order they are received, until Oct. 1. Profiles of incumbents will run in a special municipal elections section of www.kingscountynews.ca if they are submitted.
Anyone wishing to announce their intentions to run for municipal office can contact editor Jennifer Vardy Little at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 681-2121 ext. 309