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80-year-old former Mayor says “incumbents in trouble” this election year

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 16:24 -- Chris Cooke
Mike Bradley, Andy Brandt, Bob Bailey & Dave Brown

“They spent the last four years trying to make the Mayor look bad,” says Andy Brandt who predicts the incumbents in Sarnia’s October election “are in trouble”.

Brandt, a former Councillor, former Sarnia Mayor and former Progressive Conservative Party leader spoke to First Monday during an 80th birthday celebration at The Breadman in Northgate Plaza.

Brandt, a no nonsense politician was surrounded by two dozen business and political leaders and friends at the lunch hour event at which it was proposed Sarnia Bay Marina be renamed in his honour.

Brandt who was instrumental in getting Provincial funding for the marina was surprised saying “I look forward to buying a boat”.

City Council will make a final decision on the renaming, which is considered a formality July 16.

The birthday celebration and marina renaming were the work of Bridgeview Marina owner Dave Brown, who is also a former City Councillor. “Andy was a great politician and has been good for Sarnia and he deserves this kind of recognition” says Brown.

Brandt was gracious in accepting the honour.

Asked about municipal politics he told First Monday he is supporting Terry Burrell and other candidates seeking election this fall.

“What has been happening at Sarnia City Hall during the last four years is chaotic and completely out of line with responsible government. This Council wasted more than $400,000.00 trying to make Mike Bradley look bad”.

Brandt added “the incumbents are in trouble and rightfully so, they created this mess”.

At this writing, Andy Bruziewicz who ran for the Trillium Party and lost in June’s Provincial election is the only incumbent seeking re-election to Council. Asked about Bruziewicz, Brandt reiterated “he’s an incumbent, isn’t he?”.

Brandt suggests Bruziewicz ran for the Trillium Party to keep his name before the public heading into the municipal election.

“Unfortunately, with this Council it has been a wasted four years” says Brandt. “Councillors spent all their time on personal issues, spending and wasting money when they could have been creating long term growth and prosperity”.

Brandt was Mayor of Sarnia from 1975 to 1980 before moving on to Provincial politics for a decade. He finished out his career as head of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, revamping what was then an antiquated organization and creating record profits.

Asked about giving political status for outgoing Premier Kathleen Wynne whose party only garnered seven seats in last month’s Provincial election Brandt suggests that would be a mistake. “The public is delighted she is gone and she should stay that way”.

Sarnia MPP Bob Bailey brought greetings from Premier Doug Ford and provided a certificate of congratulations from the Province recognizing Brandt’s many years of public service.

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