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Coughlin eyes chain of office at Springwater council

'Past councils have laid a strong foundation and strategic plan to manage our growth. It is our responsibility to ensure that our rural roots and values are not compromised,' says mayoral candidate Jennifer Coughlin
Jennifer Coughlin is running for mayor in Springwater Township.

Editor's note: BarrieToday has asked council candidates in neighbouring Springwater and Essa townships to provide a synopsis of why they are running for public office. Municipal elections take place Oct. 24. The following response is from Jennifer Coughlin, who is running for mayor in Springwater Township. For more election coverage, visit our 2022 municipal election page by clicking here, where you can find candidate profiles and other election news. 

Jennifer Coughlin brings experience, leadership and heart!

Coughlin first entered politics in 2014 as Ward 3 councillor in Springwater. She was then elected in 2018 as deputy mayor and Simcoe County councillor, quickly becoming a strong voice for Springwater residents at the municipal and county levels. Her progression through municipal government has prepared her to lead Springwater into the next term.

“I have spent the last eight years listening, learning and networking – developing the political skill set that is required to hold this next step in office.”

Coughlin is ingrained in the community she serves. Her husband, Mark, owns and operates a local stone masonry company and her daughters, Rachel, Lauren and Emma keep Jennifer active in the community, coaching and volunteering every chance she gets.

Coughlin is also an active and involved member of council. At county council, she currently sits on the agricultural liaison committee, striking committee, and regional government review task force. She was elected by her county colleagues as chair of the bursary committee and vice-chair of human services, governance, grant task force and the Simcoe County Housing Corporation board.

Coughlin will lead a progressive and cohesive council that works with staff to deliver effective and efficient services to Springwater residents. Achieving this through a collaborative and diligent budget process, focused on balancing the complexities of today’s economic stressors and resident expectations.

“This will be an exciting term for Springwater. Past councils have laid a strong foundation and strategic plan to manage our growth. It is our responsibility to ensure that our rural roots and values are not compromised.”

Springwater’s next council will have the opportunity to design and build a community hub that will become the gateway to the municipality. Coughlin will continue to seek partnerships and funding opportunities that will allow for the facility to be inclusive of ability, age and interest, including the modification of an accessible ice rink. She is excited to continue to support the progress of The Elms Retirement Village, a Council endorsed private project, that will provide an active seniors residence allowing Springwater seniors the ability to continue to live in the beautiful community they helped create.

Jennifer Coughlin has proven she is dedicated and qualified to be mayor. She is approachable, listens and is responsive to residents.

“Thank you for your support and encouragement to become your mayor – I will continue to serve you with integrity and passion.”