Jackson Enters South Bruce Peninsula Mayor’s Race

A South Bruce Peninsula councillor has decided to challenge for the top job on council this fall.

Janice Jackson says she will be running for mayor when voters elect the next council in October, joining incumbent John Close on the ballot.

Jackson says she feels council has not been making much progress lately and wants to change what she feels is a “closed for business” reputation, particularly in Wiarton.

She has been a vocal opponent of the switch to free parking at Sauble Beach, but says bringing back paid parking is not something she would immediately pursue unless voters make it clear they want paid parking back right away.

South Bruce Peninsula council will be restructured following the end of this term, abolishing the ward system while eliminating five councillor positions and creating the position of deputy mayor.

Councillor Jay Kirkland says he will seek the deputy mayor’s job, as has former councillor Betty Hall.

Candidates have until September 12 to file their nomination papers.