LV Reeve Hopes To Head Up County Council in 2020

Laurentian Valley’s Reeve wants to be the voice for Renfrew County Council next year. 

Debbie Robinson wants to run for County Warden in 2020 when current Warden Jennifer Murphy’s third term is over in December.

Robinson says she’d love the chance to help lobby for projects that county council decides are priorities, ranging from roads to long term care, social housing, paramedics and other services.

"My whole adult life, I've always been - either by choice or by circumstance - someone who's speaking for people, on behalf of people, or helping people speak for themselves", Robinson told reporters after Renfrew County Council's most recent meeting, where she declared her intention.

Robinson says being an ambassador and a lobbyist all at once means being able to listen carefully to all opinions, and says she’s declaring her intention early so she can continue to do just that.

"You have to be able to listen to people, and then bring those issues forward", Robinson said.

"There are 17 people sitting around this table speaking for the residents of the County of Renfrew.  There are very thoughtful, hard-working, skilled people here, who can articulate very clearly what the residents of Renfrew County want.

Robinson was recently named the physician recruiter for a new group spearheaded by local doctors, which is aiming to bring more family physicians to the Pembroke and Petawawa areas.

It's estimated 2,000 people are without a family physician, and Robinson will be working to reach out to medical residents to sell them on the benefits of the Upper Ottawa Valley.

Robinson has twice been elected the Reeve of Laurentian Valley Township, and served two previous terms as a councillor.

In additoin to her current work on physician recruitment, she also chaired a prevoius group that successfully helped bring more physicians to the region during a more severe shortage last decade.

Robinson also served as a news editor with the Pembroke Observer.