Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Leon Leclair looking to improve after re-election

Leon Leclair
Leon Leclair

A North Kent Councillor is looking to keep moving forward after being re-elected in North Kent.

Dover farmer Leon Leclair received the most votes in Ward 4, with 2668, good for 39.73% of the vote.

“I’m excited and scared,” Leclair said. “My wife has a saying, when you know better, you do better. I need to do better now. With the great community support here, I helped get the bridge committee started, helped with economic development we revitalized the Chatham-Kent Agriculture Development committee and I’m chairing a food hub committee. I need to do more and get better at it. I’m excited and scared all at the same time.”

Leclair said he is proud to work alongside fellow re-elected Councillor, Joe Faas.

“There is nobody that works harder for Dresden than Joe,” he said. “He took me under his wing right off the hop. We’ve had a great working relationship. I respect the man more then ever. Ward 4 has done well to get him back in here.”

Leclair said he credits newly re-elected mayor Randy Hope for helping kick-start the food hub idea.

“We have an investor now that is looking at Chatham-Kent,” Leclair said.

Leclair added the community has done great with communicating with him during his first term on council.

“It’s the citizens that make me strong,” he said. “Holler at me and help me with the solution. That has been working. With our bridge committee, that is how it happened. A bunch of bridge builders started hollering at me that I didn’t know what I was doing as a Councillor. I said you’re right, I don’t know how to build a bridge, help me with it and there we are. We’ve seen about a $1.8 million in cost avoidance in the last 18 months and we’ve only started.”

This will be Leclair’s second term on Chatham-Kent council.

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