The race to fill the mayor’s chair in Barrie is getting busier. Today, Ward 1 councillor Mike Ramsay announced he is taking a run at the big seat.
The current municipal term ends in November.
Ramsay is a council veteran, first elected in 1994 and serving until 2003. His most recent term began in 2006, when the last municipal election was held. He has run provincially and federally for the Liberals.
He was born and raised in Barrie, attending Codrington Public School and Eastview Secondary School. He took journalism at Georgian College, and later at York University he earned degrees in history and teaching.
He is a history and politics teacher at Barrie Central Collegiate; he also hosted the Mike Ramsay Life show on Cable 10, from 2004-2006.
His position on various issues includes:
• On the redevelopment of the Allandale train station, Ramsay opposed council’s decision to award the project to the YMCA, calling it the “mistake by the lake.”
• He says he wants to build accountability and trust in the mayor’s office.
• On taxes, he says he opposed tax increases because he “feels it is not right for city council to raise your taxes while they are running multi-million dollar surpluses.”
• He says he is the “only member of council to call for a hiring freeze in tough economic times and challenge the growing number of senior staff.”
• Ramsay lists the expanded Royal Victoria Hospital and Cancer Treatment Centre as his top priorities, not only for the health care, but also for economic growth.