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Former county warden Gerry Marshall hopes to bring experience to city hall

Marshall's economic development efforts in 2016 saw him recognized as Ontario’s Community Influencer of the Year

BarrieToday reached out to the eight candidates in the Ward 3 byelection and asked them why they thought they were best-suited to fill the vacant seat on city council. Six of the eight candidates responded. We are publishing their responses in their own words. Voting in the byelection ends Feb. 24. For more information on how to vote, click here

In my most recent political roles as a warden and mayor (of Penetanguishene), I focused on creating jobs, economic growth and the overall well being of Simcoe County, including our fine city of Barrie.

I sat on the board of the Association of Ontario Municipalities representing 419 municipalities. 

In 2016, my economic development efforts saw me recognized as Ontario’s Community Influencer of the Year.

I have a strong track record of success on important local issues, including improving transportation, the expansion of inter-community transit that includes new stops at Georgian Mall, RVH and Georgian College, supporting affordable housing, tourism and health care.

Before my time in politics, I had a successful telecommunications career, starting out as a pole-climbing lineman and rising to the vice-president’s level.

Married for 45 years to my wonderful wife Jan. We have two terrific sons, Bill and Steve, two wonderful daughters-in-law, Tara and Angie, and blessed with five grandchildren. We live in the north end of Barrie, which is allowing me to become more involved in our city.

As (Simcoe County) warden I worked with Barrie staff, various members of council and our mayor on many successful undertakings including:

Affordable housing projects at Lucy’s Place, 98 Penetanguishene Rd., and 33 Brooks St.

Our new emergency services campus.

Promoting our airport.

Funding for Georgian College’s Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre

Funding for expansions at RVH, such as the Cardiac Centre and Youth Mental Health wing.

Beyond these, I sat on the board of our local Children’s Aid Society and coached the Junior 'B' Barrie Colts to an undefeated season, back-to-back league championships and provincial semifinal finishes.

I bring proven political skills to the table, an eagle eye on finances and a strong social conscience

Between now and Feb. 24, please vote Gerry Marshall.