Wilmot Centre resident and entrepreneur-businessman, John Jordan, has announced his candidacy for Mayor for the Township of Wilmot. John has long considered this move and has decided that the "time is right" to make the run for the Mayor’s office.
"I have many ideas and a lot of energy to keep moving our Township forward, to make this community an even more special place than it is already" Jordan commented. “The Township is in an enviable and strong financial position, with the means to enhance our community even more for the benefit of everyone living here, working here, and paying taxes here, while at the same time, remaining fiscally responsible”.
Jordan has a very diverse background and work experience that provides him with the necessary leadership skill-set and strong financial planning background to launch Wilmot into the next term. For the past 26 years, John has been a self-employed entrepreneurial Insurance and Estate Planning Professional with a strong focus on corporate financial planning and tax reduction. Adding to his diversity, John was employed for many years as a licensed electrician. This experience taught John the importance of communication and relationship building; skills that are foundational to asking the right questions in order to achieve the required result. John has also been involved with numerous service clubs and local committees, providing strong leadership with effective and successful results, including: the Kinsmen Club of Mitchell, Charter President of The Rotary Club of Mitchell, Past President of the New Hamburg Radio Control Model Airplane Club, Executive Member and Chair of the Waterloo Chapter of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, chosen for the Screening and Selection Committee for Leadership Waterloo, and a long time member of the Executive for the Waterloo-Wellington Estate Planning Council.
Communication with the residents of Wilmot is a very important aspect that Jordan believes that can be improved upon. "I want to let everyone know exactly what is happening in the Township and how it may or may not affect them, regardless of the issue, because residents have the right to know. This can be achieved easily with effective communication both through traditional channels and with digital and social media. Inquiries to Council also need to be answered as quickly as possible, and no response is not an option. This is a goal that needs to be met from all of Council and not just the Mayor”.
Additionally, we need clear lines of communication between Wilmot residents and the staff of the Township. This will ensure mutual cooperation reducing bureaucracy and red tape to a minimum, creating an easy and smooth experience with a sense of safety, respect, and guidance, at a time when residents require it the most.
It is the role of the Mayor and Council to develop and evaluate policies and programs for the municipality based on input from the residents of the Township, and then, direct staff to implement them. Therefore, we need to ensure that residents have 100% satisfaction when dealing with the municipality - both with Council and staff.
“Municipal politics affect people the most of any level of government but it is the one that gets the least attention from the public, especially at election time" Jordan points out. “A municipal election is your opportunity to let your voice be heard if you’re not satisfied with your municipality. There is a very strong slate of candidates running in this election that prioritize listening to residents and providing positive results”.
You may also see John from time-to-time helping his wife of 33 years, Kathie, at her downtown New Hamburg store, Kathie Jordan Design. "We’re in the 8th year with Kathie’s store in New Hamburg and that has provided us with a very keen sense and understanding of what business owners in the Township require in order to remain current and viable. We are fully vested in this Township, have a great passion for it, and only want to see good and better things happen" Jordan further explains. “We need to embrace and celebrate the people, the arts and culture, sports and recreation, special events, agriculture and agri-tourism, local business and restaurants, the talent that this Township has to offer, and let everyone else know that Wilmot is the place to be”.
"I've lived in this area of Southwestern Ontario my entire life and I've had the good fortune of both living in town, and for the past many years, living on a farm in Wilmot Centre, which has provided me with a well-rounded view of both urban and rural lifestyles and the needs of both urban and rural residents" says John.
“I feel particularly excited to be running in this Fall’s election. I know that my vision will continue to support all of the local people, businesses, and community groups, albeit, this time from the Head of Council. I'm looking forward to the coming weeks and getting out into all corners of the Township to listen to Wilmot residents and what they have to say".
For further information, you can call or text John at 519-279-4774 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.