By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson has listened to his residents rather than his heart to decide his political future.
Ferguson has registered to seek re-election as councillor rather than risk his council seat for the mayor’s chair.
“It was a soul searching decision,” said Ferguson. “But I represent the best ward in the city.”
Ferguson was first elected to Hamilton council in the 2006 municipal election replacing his brother, Murray Ferguson, as the community’s councillor. The veteran politician, who also served on the former Ancaster council, had been considering over the last few months a run for mayor. But he acknowledged that local residents had been urging him to seek re-election as their councillor. The last two municipal elections Ferguson has been comfortably re-elected.
Since word leaked out that he was contemplating a run for mayor, he calculated that about 95 per cent of the people he talked to about his political career pleaded with him to run for council again.
“That put me over the top,” said Ferguson. “I’d love to lead this city. But i love this community more.”
Ferguson over his two-terms on council has touted his penny-pinching ways with taxpayers’ dollars, questioning staff over hiring full-time employees, or seeking better value for programs.
In 2010 Ferguson introduced an ambitious agenda that included expanding the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, re-building Wilson Street, extending a number of trails and completing the Village Green master plan.
For 2014, Ferguson’s goals include buying Memorial School and turn it into an arts and culture central, complete the reconstruction of Wilson Street from Seminole to Highway 403, urbanize Southcote Road from Highway 403 to Garner Road and build a new Highway 403 ramp.
Fergusonthis year has also been elected chair of the Hamilton Police Services Board, which will be involved in selecting a new police chief once Chief Glenn DeCaire completes his contract at the end of 2014. He has also been co-chair of the Pan Am Stadium subcommittee, chair of the city hall renovation committee that oversaw the $74-million improvement to city hall, and he helped to introduce EpiPens in every restaurant in the city.