ADVOCATE HARBOUR – Greg Morris wants a more open, transparent county council, and he’s putting action behind his words. His name is one of five on the ballot for the Feb. 16 byelection in District 10.
The candidate said he considered running for the seat in the previous two elections, but felt the time was right this time around. The seat became vacant after longtime councillor Ratchford Merriam passed away in November.
“This is an important and responsible position that will need a hard-working person to give this the attention it deserves,” said Morris.
He cites two main reasons for running, the first being his belief in open government. He said is committed to ensuring all citizens are kept informed of relevant municipal issues before they are decided – something that he said was not done when it was decided to move to countywide curbside garbage collection last year.
His second main reason for running is to make sure all of the many small communities in District 10, which is the largest geographic district in the county, have the opportunity to have their voices heard.
“I believe municipal councillors are elected to represent each of the individual communities in their districts,” he said.
Other priorities for the candidate include increasing the number of jobs and businesses in the area, and he said he would work with local community development associations to further that objective.
“Tourism is our most important industry but is seasonal by nature and I would like to explore opportunities to expand that short season,” said Morris. “We need opportunities for our young people as well; something that is year-round, to keep them wanting to stay here.”
Morris has lived and worked in Advocate for most of his life, with his work focusing on aluminum and vinyl siding, window and door installation, and general renovations.
He has also been an active volunteer, serving more than 25 years with the Advocate Fire Department, including eight years as chief. In this capacity he helped initiate the area’s medical first responder program, and helped start the South Cumberland High Angle Rescue Team. He has also been involved in the Advocate and District Development Association and the Marsh Body group that worked towards getting the new seawall in place in West Advocate.
Morris will be joined on the ballot by fellow candidates Susan Clarke, Don Fletcher, John Melanson and Oralee O’Byrne.