Dysart mayor throws hat in the ring
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | May 10, 2018
Murray Fearrey is looking to reclaim the mayor’s seat in Dysart, despite previously announcing he didn’t plan on running again.
The 76-year-old Haliburton resident filed his nomination papers on May 3.
“Six months ago, I wasn’t even going to consider that,” said Fearrey in an interview. The reason he decided to go for it was because of a “number of positive initiatives” underway in the municipality he says were “under his guidance.”
He wants to see these projects, such as the bioheat initiative in the village, through.
“I’ve been working very hard on some things for the last two years, and they’re close. I’m involved with those principals now and I think it would be wrong for me to just walk away from it. These are projects that are large,” he said.
Fearrey has been on council since 1971, with the exception of a few years. He has served as reeve (now mayor) for four decades.
“It’s been a long journey,” he said. In the 2014 municipal election, Fearrey defeated local businesswoman Janis Parker by 436 votes. As of press time, no one has filed to run against Fearrey. However, on May 4, retired EMS director Pat Kennedy announced he filed for the position of deputy mayor. All nomination forms are due July 27. Election day is Oct. 22.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.