Brockville Councillor Candidate Profile: Bud Eyre

Bud Eyre says the city is in a 'delicate position.'

He thinks fiscal responsibility is key to moving forward, and that’s why he's running for council.

Eyre says he would love a twin-pad arena, but that with the Aquatarium and Brockville Tunnel coming up short, it's time to "get a grip" on those expenses before moving ahead elsewhere.

"This is a very important time financially for the city. We're spending a lot more money from Tuesday's council meeting, and we need to bring in a lot more money to keep the city sustainable."

He says that’s through attracting industry and promoting tourism.

"Yes, we're a retirement community, but we have other things to offer."

Eyre says his background in large scale fundraising with St. John's Ambulance will help the city over the next four years.

"I realize what it takes to get the money, and where to go to look for it, and that's important," he says. "I just want to get the community back on track."

Beyond that, as a registered nurse, Eyre has concerns about the health and well-being of the community. On the topic of drugs, he says he has concerns about crystal meth and the future of legalized marijuana.

"I'm not sure if we need more police officers, or if we need to make better use of those police officers, but we need to be working on that," he says. "Mental health. Our officers spend a lot of time dealing with mental health patients and that's hard on their budget."

Voters head to the polls on October 22, 2018.