Moffatt acclaimed for third straight term
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Aug 2 2018|
Carol Moffatt is the only mayoral acclamation in Haliburton County following close of nominations last Friday.
This makes three acclamations in a row for the 54-year-old Algonquin Highlands council leader.
She told The Highlander she’s pleased with the outcome.
“My leadership and style must be okay because no one is running against me,” she said in an interview.
However, she quickly pointed out that she is just one of five councillors who sit around the AH table.
“I may be the captain but there’s a whole team on the field here. Whatever our new council team looks like I look forward to working with my fellow councillors, staff and the community to continue to move Algonquin Highlands forward.”
Her team looks to be largely intact, with the acclamations of Ward 2 councillors Liz Danielsen (who is the incumbent deputy mayor and Lisa Barry). There will be a change in Ward 1, however, with Julia Shortreed running against David Lawson. Ward 3 will see council incumbent Brian Lynch square off against Jennifer Dailloux. Coun. Marlene Kyle is not seeing re-election.
Moffatt said she had been grateful for the support she’d received since filing her nomination papers in early July. “People are appreciative and so that’s flattering and humbling and makes you feel like you’re on the right track.”
She added that doesn’t mean everybody is happy with the job she’s done, acknowledging, “We all have our detractors, but this is where I’ve landed so that’s good.”
With three and possibly four members returning to the council table, she believes AH will have political stability. But, it will also be good to have at least one new face, she said.
“You always need some new blood around the council table. It can stagnate if you have the same people all the time. You can fall into a rut. We have enough feisty personalities and alpha personalities around our table that that won’t happen but we still welcome new blood, new perspectives and the introduction of new topics or ideas for initiatives we haven’t thought of before.”
Moffatt also paid tribute to Kyle, saying she was sorry to hear that she wasn’t running again and that she had brought a tremendous amount to the council table. “I wish her the best of luck with her personal goals.”
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.