for The Blue Mountains Council
A fresh voice that speaks from experience
Five to be elected
POTTER, Rob 2689
BORDIGNON, Peter 2469
SAMPSON, Rob 2398
URAM, JIM 2162
MATROSOVS, Andrea 2063
HOPE, Paula 2048
PORTER, June 1731
WHITE, John 1627
PETTIT, Terrence 1506
MAXWELL, Alex 1280
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One to be elected
SOEVER, Alar 2029
ARDIEL, Gail 1505
WILDING-DAVIES, David 1215
One to be elected
BARTNICKY, Odette 2167
MARTIN, Michael 1801
MITCHELL, Paul 667
Key dates for Election 2018
in The Blue Mountains
October 4, 2018 - You should receive your Voter Identification Letter in the mail on or around this date.
October 12, 2018 - Voting period opens at 10 a.m.
October 22, 2018 - Voting period closes at 8 p.m.
Octiber 22, 2018 -- Posting of results no earlier than 8:15 p.m. in The Blue Mountains Council Chamber, 32 Mill St., Thornbury
December 3, 2018 -- Inaugural Meeting of the new Council will be held at 11 a,m, in the Council Chamber.
For more info, visit our How To Vote page.
Know the candidates
Blue Mountain Village Association has published a guide to the candidates which includes links to the candidates' responses to an extensive questionnaire and to questions posed an at all-candidates meeting hosted by BMVA. You can find the Guide here (copy the link and paste into your address line):
Let's talk -- host a coffee get-together
Rob enjoys meeting and listening to residents of The Blue Mountains.
"The only way to know what residents, farmers, business people, young people, seniors -- everyone -- wants their town to be is to meet and listen to as many people as possible," he says.
If your group would like to meet Rob, contact us to arrange a coffee get-together. Call Linda at 519-599-3649 for details.
Gibraltar Pit and Pretty River Valley
'The Blue Mountains Council is joining with several citizens' group to oppose a a proposed gravel pit expansion near the Pretty River Valley.
I'm among those who have registered deep concerns about this proposal.
For more about my views on this issue, view the video supplied by Jeff McInnis and Friends of the Pretty River Valley.
In the Community
Beaver Valley Pipe Band entertained at a barbecue, at Ravenna, to raise funds for the Family Resource Centre at Canadian Forces Training Centre Meaford.
A record of community service
The Blue Mountains is a diverse community that has many moving parts. Town Council has to consider everyone's interests in its decisions, and Rob Potter's experience and ability to engage people is a strength that will be valuable in the next four years.
Rob served nearly three decades as editor of local newspapers. His work took him to every corner of the municipality and gave him the chance to listen to a wide range of views and see the town from an array of viewpoints -- from the farm sector to the tourism industry, small businesses to community organizations, young people to seniors.
He has a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge about this community.
As a volunteer, Rob was part of many projects. He was founding president of the Marsh Street Centre and served on the committee that helped save the Craigleith Depot. He was part of the CAUSE committee that brought a new streetscape to downtown Thornbury, and he served on the town's housing committee. He helped raise funds for the Beaver Valley Community Centre and Arena and he was on the Relay for Life Committee, raising money for Cancer research. He's been a very active part of Thornbury Community Theatre since 1994.
In 2003, Rob received a Volunteer Service Award from the Beaver Valley Chamber of Commerce and in 2009 he received the Order of The Blue Mountains for his volunteer work. That same year, the Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club awarded him the Paul Harris Fellowship -- although he is not a Rotarian -- for his community service.
Rob, centre, joined Bill Abbotts and Peter Russell of the South Georgian Bay Cycling Coalition and Deputy-Mayor candidate Odette Barnicki on a 10-km tour to look at potential to improve cycling routes through town.
Axe throwing with Axed Mobile Throwing Club at the Library's parking lot party.