Let the games begin
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Aug. 2 2018|
In the last municipal election, Minden Hills got more newspaper ink than the other municipalities because controversial Mayor Barb Reid had two challengers: Brigitte Gall and Brent Devolin. As The Highlander archives can attest, on Oct. 27, 2014, the voters of Minden Hills decided it was time for a change. Devolin, of course, won, with 2,159 votes to Gall’s 1,596 and Reid’s 937.
Dysart played second fiddle for media attention last time around, although Janis Parker gave then Reeve Murray Fearrey a scare with her 2,639 votes, compared to his 3,075.
In Highlands East, all but one councillor was re-elected. And, browsing through that Oct. 30, 2014 election paper, Algonquin Highlands gets a mention on the opinion pages only, as it was pretty much status quo there, too.
This time around, it appears Dysart will draw more media attention than the other townships.
First of all, there will be a race for both mayor and deputy mayor. Fearrey, who told us in 2014, he expected that would be his last term, will get a run for his money from Andrea Roberts, a deputy mayor who is sick of being a bridesmaid and wants to be a bride this time around.
The deputy-mayor’s race also promises some intrigue with Dennis Casey squaring off against Pat Kennedy. In addition, all Dysart wards will be contested this time around.
Back to Minden, Devolin fell flat on a campaign promise to stream municipal council meetings online so ratepayers could more easily engage with their government. However, he relishes the opportunity to talk about what his council did over the past four years, and what he hopes it will do for the next four years if he’s elected.
He’ll have Irondale’s Wayne Hancock and local businessman, Jarrett Campbell to contend with.
The contest between incumbent Ron Nesbitt and John Teljeur should be interesting. And the fact six people are running for two seats in Ward 1 should grab some attention. We’ll also see if Pam Sayne and Jean Neville can hold their seats.
In Highlands East, there’ll also be a mayoral race, with Dave Burton being challenged by Cheryl Ellis. And, former councillor Steven Kauffeldt is also trying to get back in. The only acclamation here is Cec Ryall.
AH will again get little attention with only two bona fide races. There’ll be a new Ward 1 candidate after this coming Oct. 22 (either Julia Shortreed or David Lawson) and Brian Lynch will have to fight to keep a seat at the council table, against newcomer and Wolf Den Hostel owner, Jennifer Dailloux.
So, with no further adieu, let the games begin!
Disclaimer: The Highlander’s publisher, Bram Lebo, is running for a seat on Dysart council. He will be taking a leave of absence from his publisher’s role effective immediately. He will, however, continue to work for the sales department but as is the usual practise, he won’t have involvement with the newspaper’s editorial department.
Lisa Gervais is the editor for The Highlander.