It’s official- Norfolk County Mayor Dennis Travale announces re-election bid

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Mayor Travale's  tax arrears initiative led to a reduction from over $13 million to $5 million, leading to new investments in infrastructure and services. CP

Mayor Travale’s tax arrears initiative led to a reduction from over $13 million to $5 million, leading to new investments in infrastructure and services. CP

 June 24, 2014, Simcoe – Norfolk County Mayor Dennis Travale has announced he will run for re-election.  Travale is seeking his third term, and says he is looking forward to building on the successes of his first eight years in office.

“Norfolk County is in the best financial shape it ever has been,” Travale said.  “The community has come a long way during my first two terms, but there’s still work to do. “

Once re-elected, the Mayor plans to continue his “Open for Business” approach, which has resulted in “growth, development, investments, and employment opportunity in every sector of Norfolk’s economy, notwithstanding the recession, the loss of manufacturing in Ontario, and restrictive senior government policies.”

“By continuing to make wise investments, Norfolk will have modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure, including roads, safe drinking water, sewage treatment, and high speed internet, which are essential for existing businesses to expand and new businesses to locate here,” the Mayor said.

The Mayor stated that he will continue to support the growth of existing industries and continue to work to attract new businesses. He will also support Norfolk’s diverse agricultural sector, which will continue to be profitable with new crops, on-farm processing and product development, and access to larger, global markets. His support for our tourism sector is solid and will remain solid.

“Wineries are a perfect example of the resiliency and entrepreneurial spirit that drives Norfolk County’s agricultural economy,” Travale said.  “I will continue to help Norfolk County farmers diversify in order to maintain our community’s reputation as ‘Ontario’s Garden.’”

Travale also expressed a desire to continue to work with the South Coast Business Coalition, a committee representing the Simcoe, Waterford, Delhi, and Long Point Chambers of Commerce and the Port Dover Board of Trade, to improve conditions for existing businesses.

“The work done by the SCBC during Norfolk’s Zoning By-law review is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to a productive, continuing relationship with the group,” Travale said.

The Mayor added that responsible management further contributed to Norfolk’s economic prosperity.  For example, the Mayor’s tax arrears initiative led to a reduction from over $13 million to $5 million, leading to new investments in infrastructure and services.

The county’s internal program and service review, initiated by Travale and supported by the majority of council, has led to additional funds being recovered through the sale of surplus lands, organizational changes, and greater efficiencies.

“My program objectives are “Efficiencies, Effectiveness and Economies” in everything council and staff does,” said Travale.  “My re-election will see a continuation of the review process and further improvements to the municipality’s bottom line.”

The Mayor also indicated he will continue to support Norfolk’s arts and culture sector in his third term. Travale has spoken out in favour of grassroots cultural mapping initiatives and establishing a cultural plan. Such a plan would recognize the value of theatres, art galleries and studios, and community festivals, events, and fairs that highlight the history and heritage of Norfolk, while supporting new jobs in this growing sector.

Travale also remains committed to continued support for much needed medical services in Norfolk. He is a strong supporter of the expansion and building of medical centers as well as recruitment of medical professionals.

Travale pointed to several factors when describing why his first two terms were successful.

“I have been a full-time, dedicated, active and proactive Mayor,” he said.  “Norfolk is part of who I am.  I grew up in Delhi and served in the Canadian Armed Forces, both domestically and abroad.  After my military service, I worked as Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s Executive Director of Security before returning home to operate a successful business with Barbara.  My history and my record as Mayor for two terms demonstrates my experience, dedication to service, and commitment to success.”

Mayor Travale noted that his close working relationship with politicians and staff at both the federal and provincial levels has been a great benefit to Norfolk County, and asked for the ongoing support of Norfolk citizens.

“The people of Norfolk are united in their desire to succeed as a community,” Travale said, “and by building on our many shared successes, Norfolk County will continue to grow and prosper.”

For more information on Norfolk County Mayor Dennis Travale’s re-election campaign, visit or contact: Dennis Travale Email: Twitter: @dennistravale Phone: (226) 440-2610 Please mention the Silo when contacting.

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