Mayor Doug Craig has lived in Cambridge for 44 years: his roots go deep into 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 four years. Doug and Ginny have two sons, Michael and David and they have lived in Hespeler for most of their time in Cambridge while just recently moving to Galt in the last two years.
Mayor Craig was first elected as an Alderman from Hespeler in 1976 serving two terms until 1980. He served as an elected representative on the local Hydro Board in the 1980’s and then was elected as both a city and regional Councillor in 1991. It was during that time that he served on numerous committees and Task Forces including the all-important committee on Regional restructuring.
He was elected Mayor in November of 2000 and then again in 2003, 2006 and 2010 and 2014.
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 Movie Night, the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts and his pivotal role in bringing the University of Waterloo School of Architecture to the Galt Core, not only renovating an old century silk knit mill, but by injecting new youth and vitality into the core. Mayor Craig also has brought the Dunfield theatre, the Old Post Office and connected the two sides of the river with a new pedestrian bridge. Other areas of the city have not escaped him and he has focused his attention on retaining the dam in Preston, purchasing 53 acres for 11 Preston Soccer fields and with the region putting an estimated 70 million dollars into the infrastructure in the area. In the Hespeler area, he has focused on streetscaping, an award winning new library and core area development with a new influx of development on the Speed River.
Doug had a rewarding 32-year career as a teacher until he retired from Silver Heights Public School in 2000 to run for Mayor. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He also hosted the programme “Municipal Affairs” for 9 years on Rogers TV and was an urban affairs columnist for four years with the Cambridge Times.
In his spare time, Mayor Craig writes short stories based on the Cambridge Community and he hopes someday to bring them together into a celebratory anthology.