From the Ontario PC Party:
The Ontario PC Party has announced that Bracebridge Mayor, Graydon Smith, has been named candidate for the riding of Parry Sound-Muskoka for the 2022 provincial election.
“I am incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to represent the place I’ve always called home, and the many great people and communities of this riding at Queen’s Park,” said Graydon Smith. “I am proud to follow in the footsteps of Norm Miller, who dedicated over 20 years of his life to public service.”
Graydon Smith was first elected as Mayor of Bracebridge in 2010 and currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the District Municipality of Muskoka. He is recognized for his leadership during devastating floods in 2013 and 2019, and throughout the pandemic as the President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
“Graydon Smith has been an absolute champion for the people not only as Mayor of Bracebridge but also in his work representing Ontario’s 444 municipalities throughout the pandemic as President of the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO),” said Doug Ford, Leader of the Ontario PC Party. “Graydon will continue to be a strong voice for Parry Sound-Muskoka when he comes to Queen’s Park as your next MPP.”
Graydon is the past President of the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) and also served as a District Councillor for Muskoka and Town Councillor for Bracebridge from 2006 to 2010.
In addition, Graydon spent over a decade with the Kinsmen Club of Bracebridge, where he served as President and Project Chair for a variety of community-focused events. In 2019, he was selected as the Bracebridge Rotary Club’s “Citizen of the Year” and made an honorary Paul Harris Fellow.
Graydon was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
“We are proud to have strong candidates like Graydon join our PC team ahead of the next provincial election,” said Brian Patterson, President of the Ontario PC Party. “Graydon has committed years of his life to public service and will make an excellent MPP.”