Three-way race for Minden mayor
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Aug 2 2018|
Incumbent mayor Brent Devolin received last minute competition Friday, with Wayne Hancock and Jarrett Campbell filing nomination papers for mayor of Minden Hills.
Meanwhile, Lisa Schell was acclaimed as deputy mayor.
Other races are for councillor-at-large, Ron Nesbitt versus John Teljeur, six candidates are running for two, Ward 1 seats (Clayton Cameron, Jennifer Hughey, Richard Bradley, Dwight Thomas, Bob Carter and Rob Luke); two for Ward 2 (Pam Sayne and Mike Grozelle) and two for Ward 3 (Russ Duhaime and Jean Neville). Not running are Jeanne Anthon and Cheryl Murdoch.
Devolin came to the township offices about 2 p.m. July 27 to find out he had not been acclaimed.
He told The Highlander in a phone interview, “Part of being acclaimed is you’re not actually part of the candidates’ [debates] and you don’t get out and have an effective voice. You’re caught in the middle ground.
“So, on the one hand, I’m excited to talk about what we’ve done and what I think we can do. And, I am a fierce ground warrior so obviously in the next three months, I will campaign vigorously. And I believe in democracy. Even if I lose, I still believe in the process.”
Hancock, who lives in Irondale, worked as a municipal professional engineer for more than 30 years. He and his family own a number of properties in the township, including the 503 Stop, formerly Irondale Variety Store, where he still works.
He told The Highlander in an e-mail, “I believe our tax dollars are not being spent properly or shared equally with all taxpayers. To achieve this, we need a change in municipal leadership. I also believe that when you ask a question of your elected officials, they should provide an answer even if it is not the answer we want to hear. I believe there is a lack of accountability and we need change.”
Jarrett Campbell, meanwhile, runs a trucking business in downtown Minden. He appeared as a delegation to council earlier this year, concerned the township wants him to relocate from the downtown.
“I’ve been talking to quite a few people,” he told The Highlander in a phone interview. “I deal with a lot of businesses in this town. It’s not just me being ruffled. I think we need to change some things and try to promote our businesses a little more and help them out more.”
He added, “At the end of the day, there’s things to be addressed. I didn’t think those things would get a voice if
someone didn’t step up and try to address it.”
Schell told The Highlander she’s excited to have the opportunity to serve Minden Hills for another term.
“I am also looking forward to working at the county level as well as I think it’s time to have a larger conversation regarding the overlap of some services within the county where money and resources can be saved” she said.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.