Leading Clarington mayoral candidate plans the future

Adrian Foster, the leading candidate in Monday’s mayoral election in Clarington. (KELLERFosterPICEDIT)

Scrutineers have not counted all the ballots in Clarington’s municipal election, but the leading mayoral candidate has thoughts about his potential mandate.

With 149 of 222 polls reporting, Adrian Foster was leading Jim Abernethy who is running for re-election.

“I think we’re in a better spot than the other candidates clearly,” Foster said, “but, (we plan to) ask the people about the mandate instead of assuming what that is.”

The positive attitude resonated among supporters at Foster’s campaign headquarters 68 King St. E., in Bowmanville, Ont.

Foster campaigned on a promise of “working together for a change.” He said, if he wins, he will also get to know the other councillors in his municipality and across Durham Region including the mayors to “do some good work together.”

Foster said his “number one priority” for Clarington is the garbage incinerator.

“The first thing we need to do is ask the province to please delay its decision until the new regional council is installed,” he said.

Throughout the campaign candidate Foster openly spoke against the proposed energy-from-waste facility that is to be located in Courtice, Ont., and is supported by the provincial government.

Foster’s background as an investment advisor could be an advantage when dealing with the municipal budget as he has a different perspective.

“(I’m) used to dealing with numbers,” he said.

Foster went on to say that taxes were another big issue with voters in this campaign, particularly property taxes.

“(We plan to) revisit what we do, why we do it and how we do it.”