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Friday, June 17, 2016

Mayor of Peterborough

Daryl Bennett (born May 27, 1948) is a politician in the Canadian province of
Ontario. He is the current mayor of Peterborough, having won the position in the 2010 municipal election.

Bennett was born in Peterborough and graduated from the Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School. His father, George Bennett, was a city councillor from 1971 to 1980, and his father-in-law, Keith Brown, was a Progressive Conservative Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) from 1959 to 1967.

Bennett worked for his father-in-law's businesses after graduating high school, founded Liftlock Coach Lines in 1974, and later established the Liftlock Group of Companies. He chaired the Greater Peterborough Business Development Centre and the Greater Peterborough Community Futures Development Corporation in the 2000s. Bennett was also a founding member of the Market Hall Fund-raising Committee and in 2003 he was named to a committee that oversaw plans for Peterborough's centennial celebrations.

He served on the board of governors of Trent University from 2000 to 2004, and there was some surprise when his position was not renewed; Bennett has suggested this may have been because of difficult questions he posed to university officials. He organized a campaign for local businesses affected by a major flood in mid-2004 and shortly thereafter was named as person of the year by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Bennett challenged one-term incumbent mayor Paul Ayotte in the 2010 Peterborough municipal election and won by a significant margin. Bennett's supporters included former MPPs Keith Brown, John Turner, and Gary Stewart, as well as prominent municipal politician Paul Rexe (who died before the election). Ayotte has said that some of his financial backers from 2006 shifted to Bennett's campaign in 2010.

On Aug. 21, 2014, Bennett announced his intentions to seek a second four-year term as Mayor of Peterborough in the Oct. 27 municipal election. A total of six candidates ran for Mayor. Bennett won the election and remains the current mayor of Peterborough.

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