Warwick Township Municipal Election


WARWICK TOWNSHIP MAYOR CANDIDATES:


TODD CASE


My name is Todd Case and I’m running for the position of Mayor. I am a 30 plus year resident of Warwick TWP. My wife Cathy and I have two sons and 5 grandchildren. My work background is in business management and sales as well as 18 years of political experience. I stay involved in my community as Chairman of the Santa Claus parade committee as well as being a member of the Legion.
Political Experience: 18 years Mayor of Warwick TWP. (2000 to 2018)
3 term Warden of Lambton County


JACKIE ROMBOUTS


Mayor Jackie Rombouts served as a key councillor for the Township of Warwick for one term before being elected mayor in 2018. Jackie was born and raised in Warwick Township and she and her husband Adrian Rombouts have raised their four children on their third generation, family farm. As the editor of the local paper, The Watford Guide-Advocate and an active community volunteer, Jackie has gained a unique insight into the needs and wants of her constituents.
Jackie has utilized her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor in strategic planning and negotiations with key stake holders including provincial and federal partners and in attracting new residential development and businesses to Warwick.
Warwick Township has seen an amazing transformation under her short leadership including the regeneration of Watford’s downtown, building and fundraising for the East Lambton Community Complex, and countless other improvements throughout the municipality, all while maintaining the lowest tax rate in all of Lambton County!
We have accomplished so much together over the past four years in Warwick Township. Let’s keep the momentum going and re-elect Jackie Rombouts for Mayor.


WARWICK TOWNSHIP COUNCIL CANDIDATES:


JOHN COUWENBERG


Hello, my name is John Couwenberg, I have been a lifelong resident of Warwick Township. I am married with 3 grown children and live in rural Warwick Township.
I have been involved in agriculture my whole life, growing up on a family farm and working in the agricultural industry my whole professional career. For the last 10 years my current role has been Area Manager for AGRIS Cooperative for Elgin, Middlesex and Lambton counties. I am a certified crop advisor in Ontario and a past nutrient management planner. I am a past councilor of Warwick Township serving from 2006 until 2018 and have also been on the committee of adjustment for the past 16 years(chair for 8 years) among other committees such as Recreation committee chair, Fire and Emergency committee while serving as a member of council. I have been an active member of the Watford Optimist Club for 30 years and a former volunteer firefighter in Watford and was very involved with minor hockey for many years.
One of my focuses if elected is to ensure our municipality continues to have a voice in Ontario as I see things slipping away with current Provincial policies and the potential realignment of Federal ridings in the small urban and rural areas.
I believe I served our municipality well for 12 years and look forward to doing so again if elected. If you would like to reach me my email address is jcwarwickwatford@gmail.com or 519-490-4372.


BILL DAVIES


Moved to Watford in 1980, Married 1981 to Mary Anne (Watt) where I built my own house. I have lived there ever since, raised 4 children, and now have 11 grandchildren. Worked as a truck driver for a few years then started my own business which I still run. For several years I operated a small farm which included 700 hives of bees. Also operated a live bait business to this day. In 2000 we bought a store in Windsor and operated it alongside what we do here in Watford, until 2019 we sold the store. While there I belonged to the local BIA and worked to help the businesses deal with government.
In 1990 I helped start the Ontario Fur Managers Federation which I served as VP, Director, Assistant Director for over 25 years. During that time, I sat as President of a Canadian NGO, and represented my constituents to the government on many committees appointed by the people I represented. For my work representing my colleagues, I just recently was honored by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the OFMF banquet in Aug. 2022.
I feel this experience would allow me to help the businesses and people of the Watford area representing them at municipal council. I also served in the Military for a short period before I was married. I believe in freedom of speech and thought, for if there is no disagreement there is no toleration. I believe in keeping taxes as low as possible, as this is YOUR hard-earned money not the government’s. While I would rather the Landfill be somewhere else, it is not. It is up to council to get the best deal for the residents of Warwick from the Landfill while also trying as much as possible to cooperate with them. I also believe that there must be freedom of choice in any medical procedure, to be fully informed, and with that, weigh out the good from the bad and make your own choice and not be coerced into a decision. I would ask for the support of the residents of Warwick, to have the opportunity to sit on council, representing them.


SHARON PLUNKETT


My name is Sharon Plunkett. I was born in The Netherlands. I have lived on three continents – Europe, Africa and North America; and in four countries – The Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa and Canada. I immigrated to South Western Ontario in July 2010, together with my husband and son. We chose to immigrate to Canada in order to give our son a better, safer future. My husband’s father, sister and extended family are from the Watford area.
Qualifications: I have a Bachelor of Humanities Degree in Psychology and Afrikaans & Nederlands; and a Post-Graduate Degree in Education – specializing in Art and Special Education. I have studied in both South Africa and Canada.
Work: I work at Lambton Mutual Insurance, in Watford. I have worked here for more than 5 years now. I am the Executive Assistant to the CEO, and the Health & Safety Officer. I am a qualified, licensed, and registered Elementary Teacher, with the Ontario College of Teachers. I continue to tutor privately.
My Employment History: I believe in doing what needs to be done, in order to get results. I have worked as a waitress, an usher in a theatre, a medical receptionist in an oncology center, and I have co-owned an art gallery. Before coming to Canada, I was a full-time teacher for over 13 years. In this role, I held various leadership positions as a Principal, Grade Head, Subject Head for Languages, and served as part of the School Management Teams. In my first 7 years in Canada, I worked as an E.C. E. at the Best Start Hub, at Brooke Central Public School; as an Occasional Supply Teacher for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board; as a Tutor for the Lambton Kent District School Board; and as a Tutor for the Organization for Literacy in Sarnia. Teaching and working with children will always be a great love of mine. Today’s children will be the stewards of our future; we owe it to them to lead by example and make informed decisions in their best interests.
Why am I Running for Council, and what do I Believe my Role to be? The sole responsibility of municipal council, is to make decisions in the best interests of ALL the residents of Warwick Township. My personal religious and political beliefs are of no relevance in this role. This is not an opportunity to further my own ideals. If I am successful, I will respect this role and the responsibility I have as a representative of the residents of Warwick Township. I am running for council because I believe we need to have strong female representation if we are to truly represent the community. Democracy is strengthened when men, and women, participate. I consider myself blessed to be able to live in Canada. I am grateful to live in the absolutely beautiful province of Ontario. I enjoy living in Lambton County, in a farming community. I love living in the Township of Warwick, Watford where everyone knows you and greets you by name when you enter their store. Living in a small township like Warwick, means I support community endeavors which benefit everyone and buying local first, when possible. I am a humanitarian, I believe in human rights for everyone, and in trying to make this world a better place for everyone in it. I believe in democracy, morals, and values. I respect honesty, decency, integrity, responsibility, accountability, humility and balance. I believe that if you want there to be change; you need to be a part of that change. For me personally, this means volunteering in the community, and giving back; something which I have been doing for many years.


JERRY WESTGATE


I am a lifelong resident of Warwick Township, and have served on Warwick Council from 1994 to the present. I am a Fanshawe College graduate and worked in the construction industry until retirement. I spent forty years as a Construction Superintendent where I was responsible for overall supervision of construction sites. I have always been involved in the community and am a chartered member and past president of the Optimist Club of Watford. I now Chair the Committee of Adjustment, Public Works Committee and represent Warwick Township on the St Clair Conservation Board. I believe the knowledge I can offer to the next term Council would be a valuable asset in serving the residents of Warwick Township. I can be contacted at jjwestg801@execulink.com


TODD WHITE


Hi, My name is Todd White, I am 50 years old and grew up in the Watford-Warwick area.
I attended East Lambton Secondary School in Watford, where I met my wife Sandra and we have been married for 25 years. We have four children, Olivia, Emma, Nathan, and Natalie, who attend Brock University, Fanshawe College and North Lambton Secondary School in Forest. I am the former Director of Libro Credit Union in London where I served for 13 years. I am currently the chair of Warwick Township’s development committee as well as the Parks and Recreation Committee.
I hold a degree in Mathematics, Risk Management, and Insurance from the University of Waterloo. I have my ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. My wife and I have owned and operated Brookside Retirement Living in Watford for 19 Years. I have been a Councillor on Warwick Township Council for the last three terms.


ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES: JOE MANNING, COLING MITCHELL, WAYNE MORRIS, MIKE VAN GORP – NO BIO SUBMITTED.