Move to draft Robinson gathers steam

The campaign to draft former women’s skating champion Jennifer Robinson to run for city council is picking up steam with additional endorsements rolling in.
Robinson, former Canadian women’s figure skating champion and an Olympian, is the focus of a Facebook draft campaign to entice her into the 2010 municipal election, as a candidate for Ward 8.
The site’s administrators include MP Patrick Brown and Ward 3 councillor Rodney Jackson. On the site, current Ward 8 councillor Jerry Moore endorses Robinson’s possible campaign.
“It has been an honour to serve Ward 8 residents for the last seven years. My decisions have always been based on what is best for Ward 8 and the City of Barrie,” he writes on the site.
“I believe Jennifer Robinson would be the best possible councillor for Ward 8 and she would be a wonderful addition to Barrie City Council. Jennifer has my full support.”
Like Moore, Brown has praise for Robinson.
“Jennifer Robinson would be an incredible councillor for Ward 8. She represents the best values we aspire for as a city. She is not only a world-class Olympic athlete. She is honourary chair of United Way Campaign for Simcoe County,” says the MP and former city councillor.
“She works in the heart of Allandale with Mariposa School. She is the charming host of daytime on Rogers and helps out with practically every charity event in the city. From personal observations, I must say the work in raising funds in particular for RVH have been incredible.
“Simply put, she is a good person, a great human being and we are lucky to have someone like Jennifer take an interest in public service.”
Dr. Brad Dibble, a cardiologist and former co-chair of the Physician Recruitment Task Force, is among many in the community backing a Robinson bid.
“I think Jennifer Robinson would be an excellent councillor for Ward 8 and the City of Barrie. She has represented our community at the local, provincial, federal and international levels. I know her to be an outstanding communicator, and her commitment to Barrie is unsurpassed. I believe she has what it takes to lead our great city to a bigger and brighter future.”
Councillors Lynn Strachan, Ward 5, and John Brassard, Ward 7, are likewise backing Robinson.
“Jennifer …. has shown her commitment to the community through her volunteerism and charitable work. She has demonstrated kindness, integrity and compassion in all of her endeavours. It has always been a pleasure to work with her over the years, and I think she would make a great city councillor,” said Strachan.
Brassard was equally generous with his praise.
“Jennifer has the spirit of a champion and a competitive drive that would be welcome around the Council table. She will play a key role in making a great city even greater as a Barrie city councillor.”
If she decides to run, Robinson will be up against Don MacNeil, a local radio personality, and John S. Webb.
Click here for a full list of all registered candidates. Registration deadline is next Friday, 2 p.m.
It’s expected that Robinson will have something to say on Tuesday about the draft campaign.

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