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Barry Rand sees “significant challenges”

by Ben Clarke

For North Kawartha Deputy Mayor Barry Rand, it has been no secret he has had his eye on the Mayor’s chair.

Rand made the decision last year to run for Mayor of North Kawartha Township in October’s municipal election, joining incumbent Mayor Jim Whelan and newcomer Rick Woodcock in the race.

He has spent the past two terms as Deputy Mayor and one previous term as a Councillor.

“This is what I think the next step for me is,” says Rand.

“I have always believed in being responsive and responsible and I think that’s the best way to approach a council.”

Originally working for Johnson and Johnson both locally and in the United States, Rand has been retired the past 20 years and now lives permanently at Chandos Lake.

While Rand has extensive experience on council for the Municipality of North Kawartha, he also served two years as Deputy Warden of Peterborough County.

“As a council we work together to achieve goals but each of us gets to work on other projects,” says Rand.

“I think one of the highlights I have had on council was ensuring that there was a day care in the Apsley School.

“I was a big believer that we could make both happen and if kids aren’t provided with care then people can’t work.”

While Rand has been satisfied with how the Municipality has developed during his time on council, he knows it’s important to continue with economic development.

“I see some significant challenges in the future,” says Rand.

“We had an economic development session last year where it was noted that we have 250 business with a permanent residency of between 2,500 and 3,000 people.

“That’s excellent but we do need to continue to provide these fully functional services as 75 percent of our permanent property owners are seasonal residents.”

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