Cornwall City Council Candidate Todd Bennett One on One With Jamie Gilcig – January 8, 2014

todd bennettCornwall Ontario – Todd Bennett is launching his second attempt to become a city councilor in Cornwall Ontario.   The Belleville native and manager at Farmboy is going to be one of the more interesting candidates.    His no nonsense work ethic and business like attitude are refreshing.      His choices though will be interesting to follow.

To his credit he tackled some tough questions where others might have chosen to duck them in our intensive One on One interview.    He also is one of the few, if only candidate that attended a lot of council meetings, and has put his time in learning.

While we may disagree on some issues; for example Todd supported the $3.5M in corporate welfare to Smart Centres while I didn’t, he has taken a clear stand supporting the community on the Chemical Tanks on our waterfront issue.  (He’s against them.)  Mr. Bennett defines himself as a fiscal conservative which seems a bit conflictive with the concept of Corporate Welfare; but as Todd also mentioned, he’s learning fast.

A hint to those that watch our coverage of candidates.  The longer the video interview the better for the candidate and public.  If they’re engaging me they probably will engage some of you as well.

It also brings into question the factor of voter turnout which Todd mentions.      And can we raise voter turnout in Cornwall in the next election.   I think that if we offer voters candidates they want to support we’ll have a higher turn out.

Frankly far too many elections are about people that are “liked” instead of the realities that we turn over corporations with budgets in the millions that make decisions that impact our day to day lives.   We need not only smart, savvy people that can count and think for themselves, but we need candidates that will be their own people and be able to work with just about everyone in the community.

Todd also has been chair of the kinda farcical Arts Committee at City Hall which this term has had meetings and learned lots; just in time for a new election and probably reshuffling of the committee deck which will mean more learning; although Mr. Bennett feels that somehow we are three or four years from having a Benson Centre’ish Arts Centre in Cornwall.

What do you think about Todd Bennett Cornwall?  You can post your comments below.

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