Gerry Marshall announces he is running for mayor of Barrie


Former Simcoe County Reeve Gerry Marshall threw his hat in the ring to become Barrie’s 47th mayor.

Marshall broke the news on social media, writing in part, “Over the past few weeks I’ve been engaging with residents, business owners and hosting focus groups to help me understand not only the elements of the city that residents deem important, but also to identify hyper-local issues on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis.”

And Marshall has a long political history.

He was mayor of Penetanguishene from 2010 to 2018 and resigned after two terms to serve briefly as interim chief executive of Wasaga Beach.

In the last provincial election, he ran as a Liberal candidate in North Simcoe and was defeated by Conservative Jill Dunlop.

Then, after moving to Barrie, Marshall lost his bid to become Ward 3 Councilor in the by-election.

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In his Thursday post, Marshall highlighted his “proven track record” serving residents.

“I bring with me a forward thinking visionary style, progressive and collaborative leadership, fiscal responsibility with a strong social conscience,” he wrote.

Also on the ballot for the mayoral seat are former city councilor and MP Alex Nuttall and political newcomer Rob Haverson.

Councilwoman Natalie Harris announced earlier this week that she has withdrawn from the mayoral race.

Interested candidates have until August 19 to apply.

Voters will go to the polls on October 24 for the municipal elections.


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