We hope you had a great summer and also found some time to enjoy the nice weather.
September is around the corner and with it, a Federal Election, so we have invited a few of our local candidates to join us. Neil Ellis, our Liberal Candidate (and past Mayor) will be joined by Terry Cassidy our NDP Candidate to speak and answer any questions we may have.
Below is more information about each candidate:
Neil Ellis | Liberal Candidate
Born and raised in Belleville, Neil Ellis owned and operated a successful small business for more than 28 years before being elected as Mayor of Belleville in 2006. He was subsequently re-elected for a second term by an even greater margin in 2010.
Neil lives in his hometown with his wife Susan and three grown children. Neil has a B.A. in Law and Psychology. In his terms as Mayor, he served on a number of local & regional municipal boards. While in office, Neil was also the architect of the nationally – emulated physician recruitment program.
A fierce advocate for local municipal issues & municipalities, Neil will bring this same passion to Ottawa. Over the past months, Neil and his volunteers have been hearing loud and clear: people in the Bay of Quinte know they have being poorly served by the Harper Conservatives, and that now is the time for change.
Neil is a people person. He listens to everyone which is why he has a well-defined understanding of issues that affect all of us – not only in the Bay of Quinte, but across the county and further abroad.
With proven, trusted leadership for the Bay of Quinte, Neil will bring his strong track record of solid accomplishments to serve you, as your elected representative in the House of Commons.
Terry Cassidy | NDP Candidate
Source: Provided Bio | Website: https://terrycassidy.ndp.ca/
Terry Cassidy is an experienced leader with a record of standing up for our community, Now he’s ready to work with Tom Mulcair to fix the damage done by Stephen Harper—and get results for the new riding of Bay of Quinte.
Terry comes to the job with 20 years of experience as a municipal councillor, first in Sidney Township and then in Quinte West. He has represented the community on the Social Services Committee, the Waste Management Board (several years as Chair), Waste Diversion Ontario and the Board of Quinte Conservation.
Since 1996, Terry has been executive director of Community Partners for Success Cooperative Quinte. Under his leadership, the co-op has grown into a four-centre operation supporting low-income parents—through skills upgrading, licensed childcare and other services.
Terry helped launch the Community Development Council of Quinte, is a past-president of the Belleville YMCA, and has served as Director of Social Services for Hastings County. Currently, he serves on the board of St. Francis of Assisi Parish Council and chairs the board of the Community Resource Centre Quinte.
As an elected representative and as a senior manager, he is well known for his fairness, his accountability, and his ability to bring residents together to build solutions. Terry and his wife Joanne have proudly raised their blended family of seven children in the area. They live on a rural property in the northern part of the riding—where they raise chickens and turkeys, enjoy gardening, and revel in the region’s rich heritage and natural beauty.
Jodie Jenkins | Conservative Candidate
Having spent his life in the Bay of Quinte region, Jodie has an unmatched understanding of both the values of the people living in this riding and what the region needs to prosper.
Jodie was elected to Belleville City Council in 2010 and served for four years as Councillor, earning the reputation of a natural leader who will always stand up to fight for low taxes and the best course of action for the community. He believes in a common sense and measured approach to policy decisions affecting the region and has demonstrated his ability to work collaboratively with all levels of government.
Jodie is an active member in the Bay of Quinte community. Having grown up in Prince Edward County, working in Quinte West and living in Belleville, Jodie has a deep understanding of each area in the riding. With a strong, historical family connection to the Canadian Armed Forces, Jodie has a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform.
While serving on Belleville City Council, Jodie was an active member on a variety of boards of service:
Chair of Downtown Facade Committee, Chair of University Attraction Committee, Hastings County Social Services Committee, Transit Advisory Committee, Belleville Public Library Committee, Financial Audit Committee, Historic Glanmore House, 9-1-1 Committee, and more.
Other community involvement includes:
• Governmental Affairs committee of the Chamber of Commerce
• Advisory Council for Quinte Health Care and past Chair of their Interim Nominations Committee
• John Howard Society Youth Advisory Board
• First Adventure Child Development Board & Family Space Quinte/Ontario Early Years Board
• Community Advocacy & Legal Clinic Board
Jodie is a long-standing radio broadcaster in Eastern Ontario and was an on-air personality with Quinte Broadcasting early on in his career. He currently works in sales and advertising with myFM Radio and is the creator of “The Golf Guy” radio show which has a loyal following of listeners throughout Ontario. His golf articles have often appeared in County and Quinte Living Magazine.
Jodie and his wife Shauna are passionate about serving their community. They live in Bay of Quinte with their (almost 2-yr-old) daughter, Jacobie. Find out more at www.whyiamrunning.ca