Mayor Doug Craig has lived in Cambridge for 41 years; his roots go deep in to our community and he cares passionately about his family, his neighbourhood and his city. It is demonstrated by everything he has done and it will guide what he hopes to do, with your support over the next 4 years. Doug and Ginny Craig have two sons, David and Michael and they have lived in the Hespeler area of Cambrdge for the past 31 years. The Craigs are nearing the end of restoring a handsome stone heritage home on Guelph Avenue.
Mayor Craig was first elected as an Alderman from Hespeler in 1976 and served two terms, until 1980. He was elected both a City and Regional Councillor in 1991 and served three terms. During that time he was Chair of the City Planning Committee and served on the Youth Task Force and Contaminated Sites committees. He sat on various Regional committees concerning municipal restructuring.
He was elected Mayor in November 2000 and re-elected with a substantially increased majority in 2003, 2006 and 2010.
As Mayor he has used the real and symbolic power of the office to promote and encourage philanthropy and the arts. Among his proudest accomplishments have been the Mayor's Walk for Volunteerism, Mayor's Movie Night, the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts and his pivotal role in helping to bring the prestigious University of Waterloo School of Architecture to the Galt Core, not only renovating a century-old silk mill, but injecting new youth and vitality into the city with projects such as Drayton theater and promoting green industry parks. He has also been fierce in defending Cambridge's interests in the face of "creeping regionalism".
Doug has fought for capital funding at our hospital; pushed for funding from our provincial and federal governments for our roads, arenas, community facilities; and fought to keep our taxes among the lowest in the region in consecutive years under his leadership. Doug has led Council to keep fiscal restraint and efficiency in City Hall while ensuring our citizens receive a high level of service.
Doug had a rewarding 32-year career as an elementary school teacher until he retired from Silver Heights Public School in 2000 to run as Mayor. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to serving on Cambridge and Regional councils, he served four terms on the Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Commission, one term as Chair. He also hosted the program "Municipal Affairs" for 9 years on Rogers Community Cable and was an urban affairs columnist for the Cambridge Times for 4 years.
In what little spare time he has from his municipal duties, Mayor Craig writes short stories based on the Cambridge community, which he is publishing as separate small books and hopes someday to bring together into a celebratory anthology.