Morris accountant and business owner Ray Shaw has officially entered the Morris byelection contest as an independent candidate.
Shaw, has been a business owner in Morris for 45 years, operating Home Town Real Estate & Home Town Financial Services, and he has also served on Morris town council. He said he wants to work to turn the economic cost of battling frequent flooding in the area into a positive.
"I hear about the cost of flooding from other business owners," he said, adding that there is also a negative effect on mental health among those affected by flooding.
He said it’s possible to retain some of the floodwater and possibly use it to benefit local farmers and other businesses, as has been done in some parts of the U.S.
When interviewed on Jan. 10, Shaw had just 18 days to campaign before the Jan. 28 election, but he said he’s already been meeting people within the constituency.
"I’ve been knocking on doors," he said.
He said he realizes it’s tougher to run as an independent without a political party’s support, but if elected, he’d be the fourth independent candidate to serve as MLA for Morris.
"I just want to get things done," he said.
Shaw is running against Liberal candidate Jeremy Barber, Progressive Conservative candidate Shannon Martin, and NDP candidate Dean Harder.