The deadline for filing nomination papers for the Oct. 27 municipal election is drawing closer – 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12. The clerk will have until 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15 to certify (or reject) the nominations.
Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. is also the deadline for withdrawing a nomination and being reimbursed for the nomination fee. Candidates deciding to withdraw their nominations must do so in writing. They are still required to file a campaign financial statement covering all financial transactions made during the campaign, even if the only expense was the nomination fee.
The race for the mayor’s seat on South Bruce council promises to be one of the more interesting in the area. As of press time, there are three excellent candidates vying for the honour – Les Nichols, Kelly Fotheringham and Bob Buckle. All three are experienced in municipal politics, with the latter two serving on the present council.
South Bruce also has two people seeking the two council positions in Mildmay Carrick ward – David Wood and Diane Gervais. Wood is currently on council.
Margie Bates, a member of the current council, has declared her intention to run for one of the two council positions for Teeswater Culross ward.
South Bruce has two councilors elected “at large” with two people seeking those positions – Ralph Kreutzwiser and Mike Niesen.
As of press time, Howick’s Reeve Art Versteeg is the only person who has announced he’s running for that position. Also seeking re-election is Deputy Reeve Bob Clarkson.
Two people have filed nomination papers for the three council positions – Richard Orr and Rancy Scott. Scott is a member of the present council.
So far four candidates have filed nomination papers for positions on Morris-Turnberry council. Mayor Paul Gowing is seeking re-election, while Brian Schlosser, Terry Brighton and Jamie Heffer are running for council positions (five councilors are elected “at large”). Heffer is a member of the current council.
The race to head North Huron council is heating up, with two people vying for the position of reeve – incumbent Neil Vincent, and current councilor Bernie Bailey.
This is the only position to date where there will be an election.
There are two people seeking the two council positions in each of the three wards.
Seeking to represent Wingham ward are Trevor Seip and Yolanda Ritsema-Teeninga.
Seeking to represent Blyth ward are Bill Knott and Brock Vodden. Both are currently on council, with Knott recently sworn in to fill the vacant Blyth seat for the remainder of the present term.
James Taylor and Terry Brake have filed nomination papers for East Wawanosh ward.
To run for a position on council, a person must be eligible to vote in the municipality.
A candidate must be 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen, and qualify as a resident or non-resident elector.
A municipal employee must take a leave of absence before filing his or her nomination and if elected, must resign.
A person is disqualified from seeking election if he or she is not eligible to vote in the municipality; a municipal employee who has not taken an unpaid leave of absence; a judge of any court; an MP, MPP or Senator; or an inmate serving a sentence in a penal or correctional institution.