Burton re-elected to lead Highlands East council
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | Oct. 25, 2018
Dave Burton will continue to represent Highlands East as its mayor.
It will be his fourth term in the top spot. The long-time local politician narrowly defeated his opponent, Cheryl Ellis, by 346 votes on Oct. 22. He received a total of 1,557 votes, or 56 per cent, to Ellis’s 1,211 votes, according to unofficial results.
“It certainly was a close race,” said Burton in an interview on Tuesday. “I’m very pleased with the results.”
Burton spent election night at home. He wasn’t feeling well and went to bed at 9 p.m. His wife was a scrutineer on his behalf at the Lloyd Watson Centre. Highlands East was the last municipality in the county to report its results, which didn’t come in until 1 a.m. CAO Shannon Hunter said under Elections Act rules, the process of counting the ballots couldn’t begin until after the polls closed at 8 p.m. In the previous election, they were able to start early. Highlands East used vote by mail.
Burton said he won’t support this voting method four years from now. Instead, he wants to see internet and telephone voting. Burton called it “a very quiet election” and thanked his supporters. Before learning the results, Ellis told The Highlander she felt “intrigued.”
One of the things she discovered while campaigning is, “people aren’t always as nice as what you think.” The retired Highland Grove resident said she will definitely run again in the next election. This was her first crack at politics. She said she received an overwhelming amount of support in Gooderham, especially from the elderly, and cottage associations.
The only new face voted onto the council table was Ruth Strong in Ward 4. She won with 323 votes. Candidate Peter Fredricks was a close runner up with 281 votes. Cam McKenzie was re-elected in Ward 1 with 206 votes. Suzanne Partridge, who is also county warden, received 577 votes to take back her seat as Ward 2 councillor. Cecil Ryall was acclaimed in Ward 3.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.