Municipal Election update – North Grenville

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A second candidate has joined the campaign to become Mayor of North Grenville in next October’s municipal election. Joining current Mayor, David Gordon, in the contest is Nancy Peckford, a resident of Kemptville. The Executive Director of Equal Voice, and National Spokesperson for the organisation, Nancy has quite an exceptional record of political activism stretching back to her family roots in Newfoundland and Labrador, where her uncle, Brian Peckford, was Premier for ten years.

She has worked as a Canadian Parliamentary Intern in the House of Commons, spent time in the United Nations with international women’s advocacy groups, and has been in Belfast during the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement, as well as in the European Union headquarters in Brussels. Now Kemptville is her home, where she lives with her three children. Nancy knows what it means to be a woman in politics, a working mother who commutes and juggles schedules, and her commitment to Equal Voice is based on those deep roots and extensive experience of Canadian political life.

David Gordon is well-known from his two terms as Mayor of North Grenville, and his time as Warden of the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville. When he was first elected Mayor, in 2010, he was new to the municipal Council, and committed to serve no more than two terms. However, he now feels that his experience as Mayor would be of use to the residents of the municipality, so he has decided to run again.

There has been no additional names added to the list of candidates for Councillor. These remain, in alphabetical order, Jim Bertram, Deron Johnston, Frank Onasanya and Kristin Strackerjan.

A misunderstanding was reported in other media that a separate election is held for the position for Deputy Mayor. This is not the case. That position is decided after the election and is not regulated in terms of who can occupy the position. Although there was a tradition of assigning the job to the Councillor gaining the most votes in the election, that has not been the case with the past two Deputy Mayors, so the new Mayor and Council are free to choose whichever Councillor they wish as Deputy Mayor.

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

The municipal election takes place on October 22 next, and will be conducted using internet and telephone voting as well as paper ballots. Eligible electors will be mailed a Voter Information Letter during the month of October that will provide voters with a PIN (Personal Identification Number) which will allow voters to vote 24 hours a day for 8 consecutive days (October 15-22) from any telephone or device connected to the internet.
On Voting Day, October 22, electors who choose to, will be able to vote by paper ballot at the Municipal Centre between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

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