Jackson running for mayor of TLTI

Township of Leeds and The Thousand Islands Coun. John Paul Jackson, seen here with his wife, Barb, is running for mayor of the municipality. He is the first person to put their name forward for the top job in TLTI. (John Paul Jackson/Facebook via Newswatch Group)

LANSDOWNE – John Paul Jackson has set his sights on the top seat in municipal office in the Township of Leeds and The Thousand Islands.

The Ward 2 councillor announced today (May 29) that is running for mayor of TLTI in the Oct. 22 municipal election.

“After long and careful deliberation, serious family discussions about the past three years in the public spotlight and overwhelming public support and encouragement, Barb and I are formally announcing our continued commitment to our beautiful township,” Jackson said in a statement.

His vision includes a “new, forward thinking and cohesive council” that will boost community pride.

Jackson added that he’s a strong supporter of township staff as well as the lead advocate on behalf of Lansdowne Medical Centre financing, as well as resident concerns over the Smith Bolger Drain, the drafting of the Official Plan and Ivy Lea development.

The outspoken councillor is not without controversy. He has had verbal run-ins with current councillors and Mayor Joe Baptista during council meetings.

He has also run afoul with the integrity commissioner and is one of two defendants in a $1 million defamation lawsuit, launched by the township’s current CAO Greg Borduas.

According to the TLTI nominated candidates list from Friday (May 25), he is the first person to put their name forward to be mayor of the municipality.

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