With the federal election campaign officially on, there are four candidates in Simcoe-Grey vying for a seat in the federal government.
Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Kellie Leitch announced Jan. 2018 she would not be running again. By March 2018, Terry Dowdall was chosen by the Conservative party to replace her as the Simcoe-Grey candidate for the Oct. 21, 2019 federal election.
Dowdall is the former mayor of Essa and served as deputy warden of Simcoe County.
The Liberal party was next to name a local candidate with Lorne Kenney. Kenney has run provincially, but this will be his first campaign at a federal level. He has a career in civil service and is a local business owner.
The third Simcoe-Grey candidate named was Sherri Jackson for the Green Party of Canada. This is Jackson’s first election campaign, and she comes from a career as an entrepreneur with a background in education, consulting, and music.
Finally, the NDP named a local candidate last weekend. Ilona Matthews will be running in Simcoe-Grey under the orange banner. Her husband, David Matthews has run four times in provincial and federal elections. She was the president of the local NDP riding association and is a resident of Wasaga Beach.
There is currently no candidate for the People's Party of Canada in Simcoe-Grey.
Watch CollingwoodToday.ca for more on the local candidates soon.