Hugh Mackenzie may have lost his chance to be Huntsville’s mayor, but he is not letting that finish his political career. Mackenzie entered his name in the race to become chair for the District of Muskoka on Tuesday. He says he decided to run after finding out someone he thought would be a great candidate decided not to run. Mackenzie says he has also received a number of emails encouraging him to run for district chair. Mackenzie is no stranger to the seat having been chair from 1978 to 1980. He says having the experience of being district chair will help him work with District Council to find efficiencies and innovation in the district’s operation that will benefit all of Muskoka.
Not only does Mackenzie have experience being district chair, he was also the mayor of Huntsville from 2000 to 2006. He says he has the communications skills, proven ability to work with council, has the experience to understand local issues and help area municipalities in all levels of government. Mackenize also ran for Huntsville mayor in the recent municipal election, but lost to Scott Aitchison. Mackenzie is up against incumbent John Klink, Stuart Morley and Dan Waters.
There is going to be a Meet the Candidates and Debate Event on Thursday November 27th. It’s happening at 7pm in the district council chambers at 70 Pine Street in Bracebridge. The district chair will be elected at the Inaugural meeting on Monday December 8th in council chambers at 7pm.