Mayor Daryl Bennett emphasized growth, housing and jobs as he announced that he is seeking re-election in the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 22, 2018.

To build on the momentum in our community, we need leadership and positive, progressive thinking, Bennett said in his remarks.

“The City needs to be a positive partner. It needs to listen to the contributions of interest groups, while at the same time considering the implications for the overall community,” he said. “That takes leadership, faith in our community, and fortitude.”

“Rather than opposing the construction of new neighbourhoods and businesses, we need to work together to protect the community’s interest while allowing for growth, investment and job creation.”

Bennett cited his support for decisions such as the 2,800 homes being built in new neighbourhoods on Lily Lake Road, the new employment park known as Cleantech Commons, the casino and hotel development, as well as the new Mastermind Toys store, the new Giant Tiger store and the Starbucks location being built on Chemong Rd.

He also referenced his support for incentives for creative hubs for artists, the Official Plan update to guide growth, a comprehensive review of heritage preservation and urban design guidelines, and the tree preservation bylaw for major developments.

Going forward, the addition of serviced employment lands for the Peterborough Region and improving the City’s transportation network – including trails, sidewalks, cycling lanes and roads – will be priorities, Bennett said.

Bennett was born and raised in the City of Peterborough. He grew up in East City and attended PCVS. He is one of the owners of the Liftlock Group of companies, which he helped to diversity and build into its current portfolio of transportation and finance-related enterprises.

Daryl and Jewell Bennett have two sons and one daughter, all of whom are involved in the family business. Some of their seven grandchildren have started to become more involved in the family-owned group of companies.

Bennett has served as a board member and chairman of the Community Futures Development Corporation, where he had a positive impact on many new businesses looking for financing and mentorship. He has also been a member of the Board of Governors of Trent University, and a member of the Sacred Heart of Peterborough post-secondary school’s board of directors.