A former Orillia city councillor and local lawyer will seek the candidacy for the Ontario PC Party in Simcoe North.
As revealed yesterday by Simcoe.com, Severn resident Doug Downey is throwing his hat in the ring to represent the riding now held by party leader Patrick Brown.
“Leading volunteer groups such as Kiwanis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Orillia and District Chamber of Commerce and several political campaigns, including Patrick Brown’s by-election in Simcoe North, has given me an understanding of Simcoe North and the people that live here,” Downey said in a statement. “I have been working hard and delivering results for people in Simcoe North and beyond for several years.”
According to Downey, Brown told local party members on Friday he has decided to run in the new Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte riding in the 2018 election.
Brown will continue to represent Simcoe North until the 2018 election.
Between now and then the riding association will hold a nomination contest to find a new candidate.
Among his accomplishments, Downey cites his work chairing a review of the Trent-Severn Waterway that resulted in investments of more than $625 million and long-term planning.
Downey said he was also instrumental in bringing rules to the home inspection industry.
The date and location of the nomination meeting that has not yet been set.
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