Two more incumbent councillors and a first-time candidate have declared their intentions to seek a seat at the Owen Sound council table this fall.
Travis Dodd and Scott Greig, both currently serving first terms on city council, and young professional Brock Hamley have filed nomination papers at city hall to run for a councillor position.
Dodd, a business development manager, said his focus, if re-elected, will be to continue efforts to encourage more development in the city and young people and families to live here.
“We've been able to see a positive response from the young professional networks and seeing more youth being able to come back to the region again,” he said Tuesday.
“That was really the same thing that I pushed for four years ago when I first ran for election, which was that Owen Sound is a great place to be and be able to raise a family and be a young professional so I'll continue to try to push on that positivity of working to make Owen Sound a better place for future generations.”
He said the current council has approved measures to help “grow” the city, like moratoriums on development fees and extending services into the Sydenham Heights area, and he wants to remain on council to help ensure that continues.
That growth, he said, will produce additional property tax revenue for the city, which should help to minimize tax levy increases.
“And that will make it more affordable for younger generations to move back to the region,” said Dodd, who finished second in the race for seven councillor seats in 2014.
Greig, co-owner of Runners Den in downtown Owen Sound, said he kept his campaign promises to embrace ideas that support development and revitalize the waterfront and to create more efficiencies in city committees.
“And I think I've continually stood up for the taxpayer and that can be seen in voting against a budget or presenting different ideas at budget time,” he said.
If re-elected, Greig said he will continue that work.
Other priorities, he said, include assisting the community to reduce the impact of the 10th Street bridge replacement, looking for ways to improve the transit system and seeking waste management alternatives.
Greig, who finished fifth in the race for councillor in 2014, said Owen Sound has invested heavily in recent years on improving community services, like the Harrison Park pool and sports fields.
He said he will push for more spending on road repairs, something he said has been “lagging behind.”
Greig said he will also continue to support initiatives aimed at growing Owen Sound.
“I think we're on and I hope that we're on the cusp of seeing that growth that has been knocking at the door now over the last term. And I think it's somewhat reflective of some of the decisions that management has made and council has supported,” he said.
Hamley – who works for the tech firm Bang The Table, which specializes in public consultation at the municipal, provincial and federal levels – said he believes the current council has done a “great job” in supporting the city and pursuing opportunities, but he thinks there's room at the table for a “new voice.”
The 28-year-old Owen Sound resident said one of the main reasons he decided to run for council is to try to create more opportunities locally that will allow young people to live and work in Owen Sound.
“Getting fibre Internet in town is one huge aspect that can really bring people back to the community,” he said. “Right now, things are moving very slowly with the rural Internet connection as far as the SWIFT program and so I want to be a very loud voice for that.”
He said he will also support efforts to revitalize the downtown and waterfront, encourage economic investment and job creation in the downtown and keep property taxes low.
Hamley serves on the executive boards for Owen Sound Minor Lacrosse and the Owen Sound Senior “B” North Stars. He also volunteers with the Hanover Kinsmen Club and Wiarton District Optimist Club.
He has served as executive assistant to the Conservative Party of Canada’s deputy leader Lisa Raitt.
Incumbent councillors Richard Thomas and Marion Koepke and political newcomer Carol Merton have also filed nomination papers to seek a councillor seat in the Oct. 22 municipal election.
All incumbents, except for Coun. Peter Lemon, have now made public their intentions for the upcoming election.
Lemon, the longest-serving member of council, said Tuesday that he has not decided yet if he will seek another term.
Coun. Jim McManaman and Deputy-mayor Arlene Wright are not planning to run again.
Mayor Ian Boddy has filed nomination papers to seek a second term, while Coun. Brian O'Leary is the lone candidate so far for deputy mayor. Raymond Botten is also in the running for mayor.
The deadline to file nomination papers is July 27.