Many lo­cal may­ors ‘walk’ into of­fice

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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