Many local mayors ‘walk’ into office
Well over a dozen mayors, coming from both the Memphremagog and Coaticook MRCs, have been elected without opposition, including Stanstead’s Philippe Dutil. Also elected by acclamation in the Memphremagog MRC were former mayors: Jacques Demers, SainteCatherine-de-Hatley; Denis Ferland, Hatley; Lisette Maillé, Austin; and Alec van Zuiden, Ayer’s Cliff. Elected for the first time was Martin Primeau, as mayor of Hatley Township, who replaces Pierre Levac.
Former mayors who will be campaigning to keep their seats include North Hatley’s Michael Page who is running against John Gronan; Ogden’s Lise Routhier, running against Michael Sudlow; Eastman’s Gerard Marinovich, running against Yvon Laramée; Orford Township’s Pierre Bastien, running against Jean-Pierre Adam and Olivier Legrand; and Potton’s Jacques Marcoux, running against Louis Veillon and Michèle Turcotte. In Stanstead Township there is another three way race for the mayor’s seat between Francine Caron-Markwell, Thérèse McCutcheon and Stéphane Pouliot.
Three candidates are running against former Magog mayor, Vicki May Hamm, in a hotly contested race. They are Michel Bombardier, Perle Bouchard and Robert Mabit.
In the Coaticook MRC, the entire council of several municipalities was elected by acclamation, including the councils of Coaticook where mayor Bertrand Lamoureux returns as mayor; Barnston West, John Piszar, mayor; Dixville, Martin Saindon, mayor; East Hereford, Richard Belleville, mayor; Martinville, Réjean Masson, mayor; and Saint-Venant-de-Paquette, Henri Pariseau, mayor. In Stanstead East, Gilbert Ferland was elected mayor by acclamation and only seat no.1 is being fought over by former councillor André Gaulin and Jacques Racine.
In Waterville, there is a three-way race, between Nathalie Dupuis, Clifford Reed and Vincent Dionne, to take over from retiring mayor, Gladys Bruun. There are no less than twenty candidates vying for the six council seats. Jacques Ferland and Bernard Vanasse are competing for the mayorship of Compton while Bernard Marion and Rejean Theroux are doing the same in Ste. Edwidge-de-Clifton. Gary Caldwell will also have to fight to regain his seat at that council.