By David Judd
Doug Long is first off the mark in this year’s race for Port Dover’s seat on county council.
The 60-year-old restaurant manager filed his nomination last Thursday as a candidate for Ward 6, representing Port Dover and the former township of Woodhouse.
The ward has one seat on county council in the election Oct. 27.
Veteran politician John Wells has been Port Dover’s councillor since the modern Norfolk County was formed in 2001.
Coun. Wells plans to seek re-election but has not yet filed his nomination.
Mr. Long has no bone to pick with Coun. Wells.
Mr. Long is offering the ward’s 7,300 voters an alternative — one who loves Port Dover as a good place to raise a family and is concerned about maintaining its quality of life.
He also points to his business experience and history of community service, much of it with the Lions Club.
He grew up in Port Dover in a family with a strong sense of social responsibility.
He and his wife Brenda married right after high school. They have been married 42 years.
Mr. Long went to work as a salesman for Ivey’s flowers for 12 years.
Then he studied business at Mohawk College.
His career took him to Toronto to work in the floral business, then to a job at Maple Lodge Farms.
For the last 14 years, he has managed the upstairs Terrace Room at the Erie Beach Hotel.
For him, getting a new medical centre is the top issue in Port Dover.
As a Lion, including being a former club president, Mr. Long supports the goal of bringing a new medical centre to town.
“Port Dover is thriving and there is no reason we can’t attract doctors,” he said.
Mr. Long is keenly interested in restoring Silver Lake and maintaining Silver Lake park.
As a past chairman of the Lions group that developed the park, Mr. Long helped beautify the park with trees, trails, soccer field and berms.
He also came up with the idea of holding a farmers market and helped line up the first vendors.
As for Misner Dam, Mr. Long said Mayor Dennis Travale has a good plan to restore the dam to the way it was before problems were found.
It’s one step at a time, he said, adding that the dam’s integrity needs a little TLC.
Once those issues are out of the way, Port Dover might look at developing a seniors centre, Mr. Long said.
Mr. Long is well aware there’s more to Ward 6 than just Port Dover.
On his mother’s side of the family, he is related to Col. Sam Ryerse of Port Ryerse.
Mr. Long quoted his wife about what’s his greatest asset.
It’s convincing people to take action on a good idea.
“I’m good at taking an idea and following through.”
By David Judd
Posted: January 29, 2014