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Oakville Town Council Election 2014: Mayor: Gordon Brennan

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 4:45 pm  ·  0 Comments

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Gordon Brennan, a first-time mayoral candidate running in the October election, would like to balance Oakville’s taxes and focus on building higher quality infrastructure in the community.

“When we were building houses, my parents were both builders, we were always thinking: How can we make this house better so it lasts 50 years without having to fork over thousands of dollars every year to maintain it? And that’s the same type of approach I want to take for the infrastructure of Oakville.”

As for the taxes Brennan is concerned they are currently being used in a way that doesn’t reflect the needs of the town’s citizens. He says he has been living in the same house for 13 years, and while property taxes have gone up every year, his services are identical.

“The only thing I see for my taxes dollars is going into more government waste and that’s got to stop.”

Though he doesn’t identify himself specifically with any major political parties, Brennan considers himself a liberal minded conservative. He says his conservatism is in fiscal policies and his liberalism is in spending the tax dollars so infrastructure is maintained on a long-term basis.

Brennan is a former real estate agent and was born and raised in North York. He began working in Oakville in 1993 and moved here a year later after becoming fond of the community. Now he feels it’s his time to give back. “I want to serve the people I’ve come to know and appreciate over the past 20 years that I’ve lived here.”

He says he’s basing his campaign on balanced, controlled and effective governance with best practices. With these he is also trying to apply a more down-to-earth approach to local leadership.

“I’m a real person 100 per cent of the time,” said Brennan. “I want to bring more humanity into governance.”

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home: (905) 827-3894
mobile: (416) 315-5208
email: sbrennan@total.net
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Glen Abbey resident Gordon Brennan has thrown his hat in the ring to become Oakville’s next mayor.

Brennan, who has called Oakville home for 20 years, has officially registered as a candidate running against Mayor Rob Burton, who is seeking his third term as Oakville’s mayor in the upcoming Oct. 27 municipal election.

The 50-year-old Brennan told the Oakville Beaver Monday rather than sit back and criticize the local municipal government without ever doing anything about it, he’s decided to make the leap into politics in the hope of creating “real change.”

Noting how he feels there’s a single-minded approach and “extremism” affecting how the current Town council functions, he said he’d like to see a more “controlled balanced approach” to governing municipal affairs.

“I believe, after eight years of Burton, we need a change and I believe I can be that change,” said Brennan, noting the mayoral role is where he can be more effective, more so than as a ward councillor.

Married with two sons, aged 14 and 11, Brennan said he’s a strong-willed person who would be committed to finishing every project started.

That means working until agreement is reached by all parties concerned about the issues of the community.

Those issues may be residential, commercial and industrial development, roads and infrastructure and land use, he wrote in his pitch to become mayor.

Brennan currently juggles his role as a stay-at-home dad with tutoring college students occasionally and managing his son Connor’s singing career.

In 2007, he made a major career change, opting to leave the real estate world after 27 years to go back to school to become an early childhood educator.

During his years at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus, he taught at a childcare centre and worked at the college’s career centre.

He also privately tutored students, wrote a book and advocated for more recognition of male teachers entering and staying in the classroom at all grade levels.

Although Brennan admits he lacks political experience, he said he believes inexperience will be his strongest asset if elected to Town council.

“I know construction, I know business, I know education, I know children’s needs, I know mothers’ needs and stay-at-home moms and I know all these things because I’ve experienced it through my own life in Oakville, as well as growing up,” said Brennan, who has also been involved with a number of his children’s school councils.

“I’ll be able to use the mayoral job to expand the knowledge and awareness of these people, who often get overlooked and passed by.”

Rather than “kissing babies and glad-handing,” he said he’s serious about taking care of business in the office and in the field, to make sure things get done in a timely matter.

Describing himself as a liberal-minded Conservative, Brennan’s ideas for the town include having municipal childcare spaces, a Special (Needs) Children’s Day and getting more involved with the Province to expand education.

His future goals include opening a licensed childcare centre that specializes in day care for boys and children with autism.

For information about the municipal election, visit www.oakville.ca and click on the 2014 election tab at the top.

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Send us a message at sbrennan@total.net and we will get back to you RIGHT AWAY! Or you can call us at (905) 827-3894.

THINK GLOBALLY TO GROW LOCALLY!

As Mayor of Oakville, Gordon will Negotiate Non-Stop until an all-around, combined, Agreement is made with all parties concerned on many of the issues surrounding our great Town, such as Residential, Commercial and Industrial Development, Roads, and Infrastructure, and Land Use.

Gordon knows how to Negotiate not Dictate! He has the INSIDE knowledge of how Developers think and feel as Gordon worked for many of the Key Builders for 27 years. There is no need to have to FIGHT them at OMB Hearings year after year.

Just some of Gordon's idea's are underground hydro for all new subdivisions, top-covered recycling bins, heated major roadways to avoid the yearly expansion/contraction, replacing cut down trees with more mature trees rather than saplings, Municipal Childcare Spaces, elimination of homeowner snow Windrows, picking up all the garbage in all our land areas every month, being more respectful towards Oakville citizens and addressing them and their concerns with intent towards solving issues rather than spinning issues, making local environmental issues profitable towards local and outside businesses, dealing with global climate change in terms of preparing for the inevitable weather extremes that will affect our Town in terms of building everything to support natural disasters.

 

Is this the way to treat Oakville Residents?
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Change! We need it!

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change." ~ Darwin

In other words...No more single minded, ONE ISSUE Mayor, we need to be able to adapt with the changes that are occurring daily, weekly, monthly and of course yearly.

I offer that Controlled, BALANCED Change.