David Thompson is hoping to exchange his school board chair position for a spot on North Bay City Council.
Thompson, who is the current Near North District School Board Chair, has filed his nomination papers and will run for a spot on City Council for the election which takes place on October 22nd.
“I will bring a new voice to the next council at City Hall with over 25 years of community experience. Over this time, I have demonstrated a direct accountability to the taxpayer, being open-minded and can make the tough decisions,” said Thompson in a release.
“After 12 years on the Near North District School Board as a publicly elected trustee and the last four years as the Chair of the Board, I have become very concerned with the direction of our City.
“It is a fact that our youth are not staying or returning home which is contributing to the city’s overall population decrease. Quite frankly, it is discouraging in seeing schools close because the city’s strategies are not working in terms of stabilizing and growing the population. If we keep going in this downward direction we won’t have enough youth to rejuvenate our city. The next council needs to proactively work together on changing this demographic shift.”
Thompson says he has spoken to a lot of residents and he feels the new council needs to work collaboratively on these five goals:
- A well-run city
- A safe city
- A dynamic city
- A prosperous city
- A healthy and green city
Nominations for council and school board must be filed by 2 p.m. on nomination day, Friday, July 27.
The election will be held Monday, October 22, Voters will elect mayors, councillors, school board trustees and all other elected officials in all of the province's municipalities.