By Mike Baker
Judi Forbes, a small business owner and retired bank manager, will stand as the Liberal candidate in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock in the next federal election.
The local Liberal association announced on July 14 that Forbes had successfully completed the nomination application process and has been acclaimed as the party’s candidate.
The next federal election is set to take place on or before Oct. 16, 2023.
Forbes and her family have lived within the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock region for the past 10 years, residing in Beaverton. In a release to media last week, the Liberal association described her as a “passionate volunteer” who is “dedicated to helping others.” Forbes currently serves as board chair of a nursing home within the riding, treasurer of the Brock Board of Trade and chairs the Brock Tourism Advisory Committee.
She represented the party in the 2019 federal election, receiving 17,067 votes, good enough for 26 per cent of the local vote. She finished second behind sitting Conservative MP Jamie Schmale.
With a little over two years to go before the next federal election, Forbes says she intends to spend that time wisely and connect with area residents to build on the foundations she believes the party established in the local riding in 2019.
The most pressing concern for her, however, is ensuring communities across the riding remain strong and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am a lot like many others in this riding. I work hard and I care for my family, my friends and my community,” Forbes said. “I have been affected, as many here have been, by this pandemic and I will work hard to bring to the residents of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock the kind of progress we have seen in neighbouring ridings.”
She added, “I will fight for the support needed for all communities in this riding to recover better and stronger.”