Mayoral race on in Huron East, elections on in every North Huron ward
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
With the deadline for nominations for this fall’s municipal election now closed, most areas will see elections with very few acclamations.
After having no candidates at the beginning of the week, there are now five people running in the Blyth Ward of North Huron. Ric McBurney and Kevin Falconer, both of Blyth, David Onn and Terry Brake, both of East Wawanosh, and Brad Carther of Wingham are all running for two councillor positions.
In East Wawanosh, five candidates have let their names stand: Jordan Hodgins, Chris Palmer, John Brown, Anita Van Hittersum and Alice McDowell for two councillor positions.
In Wingham, incumbents Trevor Seip and Yolanda Ritsema-Teeninga are attempting to reclaim their positions. They are being challenged by Agost Vaday and Paul Heffer.
Incumbent Reeve Neil Vincent and challenger Bernie Bailey are the two running for the municipality’s top position.
In Huron East, there will be a mayoral race with Caitlin Gillis challenging incumbent Mayor Bernie MacLellan for the municipality’s top position.
Zoey Onn has joined incumbents David Blaney and John Lowe running for two councillors positions in the Brussels Ward.
Current Deputy-Mayor Joe Steffler and incumbent Seaforth Councillor Bob Fisher have been acclaimed to the two Seaforth councillor positions, as have incumbent Tuckersmith Councillors Ray Chartrand and Larry McGrath.
Gloria Wilbee, mother of current councillor Kevin, has been acclaimed as a McKillop Ward Councillor, as has incumbent Brenda Dalton.
Newcomer Curtis McKinnon has filed to run as a councillor in the Grey Ward, going up against the two incumbents, Alvin McLellan and Dianne Diehl.
In Morris-Turnberry, current Deputy-Mayor Jamie Heffer has been acclaimed as the township’s next mayor.
At council’s June 5 meeting, Mayor Paul Gowing announced that he would not be running for re-election, after two terms as mayor and several years as a councillor before that.
Incumbent Councillors Dorothy Kelly, Jim Nelemans and Sharen Zinn, newcomers Andrew Somers, Michael Miller, Kevin Freiburger and former councillor Jamie McCallum have all filed for four councillor positions.
In Central Huron, Mayor Jim Ginn has been acclaimed as the municipality’s mayor. Jared Petteplace and incumbent Deputy-Mayor Dave Jewitt will challenge one another for the municipality’s second-in-command position.
East Ward Councillors Dan Colquhoun, Alex Westerhout and Marg Anderson have also filed nomination papers to serve as an East Ward councillor for another term. They will be challenged for their positions by newcomer Jeff Scholl. Dennis Valenta had put his name forward for an East Ward position, but then withdrew before the deadline.
In the West Ward, incumbent Councillors Alison Lobb and Adam Robinson have both filed papers for another term. Newcomers Mike Belford of Clinton Michael Russo of RR2, Goderich have both put their names forward for West Ward positions.
In Goderich incumbent Mayor Kevin Morrison has filed once again alongside former Deputy-Mayor John Grace and David Yates.
Former Goderich Mayor Deb Shewfelt has put his name forward to become the town’s deputy-mayor, running against current Councillors Michele Hansen and Myles Murdock.
Current Deputy-Mayor Jim Donnelly will run again, but this time for a councillor position. Incumbent Councillors Trevor Bazinet and Matt Hoy have also filed to retain their councillor positions. Newcomer Phil Neill has also put his name forward to be a councillor.
Current Councillor Glen McNeil has been acclaimed as reeve for Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh and incumbent Deputy-Reeve Roger Watt has also been acclaimed to his current position.
Murray Curran, Anita Snobelen and Gloria Fisher have filed for the two at-large councillor positions.
Incumbent Jennifer Miltenburg has been acclaimed as the Ashfield Ward councillor and incumbent Bill Vanstone and Peter McKee are running for the Colborne Ward councillor seat, while incumbents Paul Bollinger and Wayne Forster are both running for one Wawanosh Ward councillor position.
Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Council has changed its structure ahead of this fall’s election to one reeve, one deputy-reeve, one representative from each of the three wards and two at-large councillors.
On the school board front, Colleen Schenk has been acclaimed as the North Huron area’s Avon Maitland District School Board trustee, while Robert Hunking has been acclaimed as the Central East Huron trustee for the school board.
Al Sygrove and Colin Ralph Carmichael have both filed to be the next Avon Maitland District School Board representative for the Goderich region, while Jim McDade has put his name forward to be the Goderich-area representative on the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board.
Amy Cronin of Bluevale has let her name stand for the Huron-Perth trustee position for the Huron-Perth Roman Catholic Separate School Board.
Denis Trudel of London has been acclaimed as the French Separate School board trustee, while Louis Guimond, Emilie Sylvain-Lindsay and Sylvie C. Chmielewski are running to be the French Separate School Board representative for the area.