Municipal election update

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The field of candidates for next October’s municipal election is growing. Although potential candidates have until July 27 to sign up, the official list has now more than doubled in size over the past week. Rumours abound as to how many more names will be added in the coming weeks, but, as of Monday morning, the following candidates had declared:

North Grenville:

David Gordon is running for re-election as Mayor.
Running for Council are incumbents Frank Onasanya and Jim Bertram, and challengers Deron Johnston and Kristin Strackerjan.

Brent Laton is the only declared candidate for the school boards. He is running for English Catholic School Board Trustee.

The 2018 Municipal election taking place on Monday, October 22, will be to elect a Mayor and four Councillors for the North Grenville Municipal Council for a term of office running from December 1, 2018 through November 15, 2022 (4 years). The election will also be to elect one Trustee for each of the following school boards: Upper Canada District School Board (English Language Public School Board Trustee); Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (English Language Catholic School Board Trustee); Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (French Language Public School Trustee); and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (French Language Catholic School Board).

Merrickville-Wolford:

The list of candidates in this municipality has also doubled over the past week.

Anne Barr, the current Deputy Mayor, is running for the Mayor’s position.
Two candidates are challenging for Councillor in the Wolford Ward, Yves Grandmaitre and Don Halpenny. Victor Suthren is running for re-election in Merrickville Ward, and Tony Iannazzo is looking to win a seat there also.

Recent changes in the size of the Merrickville-Wolford Council means that the Council of the Village of Merrickville-Wolford will now consist of 5 members: 1 Mayor, elected by all voters; 2 Councillors from Merrickville Ward; and 2 Councillors from Wolford Ward.

The voting period, being the advance vote and including voting day, will be for a term of eight full days commencing Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) and will terminate on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. (EST). Paper Ballots will be available on Monday, October 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m. and 8 p.m only.

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