Judson files nomination for Fort Frances town council
Media Release |
Fort Frances, ON – Today local lawyer Douglas Judson filed his nomination with the clerk’s office to run for council in the Town of Fort Frances.
“I have decided to put my name on the ballot because people tell me that it is time for a generational shift in the leadership of our communities,” stated Judson. “We are a community in transition, and I hope that my candidacy will capture the confidence of local residents who are interested in the forward-thinking approach I bring to some of the issues facing our community.”
Judson currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Treaty 3 Investment Group, which is an economic development initiative of Grand Council Treaty 3. He has previously worked for the justice program of Couchiching First Nation, as a per diem Crown Attorney, and maintained a general litigation practice with the Bay Street firm McCarthy Tétrault. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Judson was a political aide and federal public servant in Ottawa.
“I think the next council will be well-positioned to build on the stewardship of its predecessor, but also to bring fresh perspective to some of our local issues – whether those be the shuttered Resolute mill, the lack of a local judge, or provincial support for our key sectors,” stated Judson. “I have built positive relationships with the new Ontario government and area First Nations leaders, and hope to be able to use those ties to benefit our community.”
In addition to his role with Grand Council Treaty 3, Judson also serves as President of the Rainy River District Law Association, Co-Chair of Borderland Pride, and on the board of the Northwest Community Legal Clinic. He is a past president of the Law Students’ Society of Ontario and has recently concluded a two-year term on the Law Society of Ontario’s Equity Advisory Group. He has previously been recognized as a Law Times ‘Newsmaker of the Year’ and is the recipient of numerous awards for community service and leadership.
“Some area residents will know me from the recent Pride celebrations in Fort Frances and International Falls, and a big part of Pride is building bridges between groups of people,” stated Judson. “I am of the view that that principle can be applied to how we forge ties with other communities in our district to better advance our shared goals on economic development and other key files.”
Judson also indicated that he is interested in seeing the next council structure and schedule its meetings and committees in order to facilitate more public attendance, participation, and engagement from working families and youth.
“We are an aging community, but we need to govern ourselves in a manner that is accessible to young families, entrepreneurs, and community organizers,” stated Judson. “As a young professional, I identify with some of their challenges, and firmly believe that these groups are critical to our future. Our council needs to hear from them and act in their interests too.”
Fort Frances electors looking to contact Judson or learn more about his campaign can visit his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JudsonDW) or website (www.douglasjudson.ca). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas W. Judson