Many running for local government
As previously reported, over a dozen local mayors have already been elected, by acclamation, in this year’s municipal elections, and several entire councils, such as those of Stanstead East, Coaticook, Barnston West, Hatley and Ste. Catherine de Hatley have also been elected by acclamation.
However, literally dozens of citizens are vying for positions as councilors on the many councils around the region. In Austin, Victor Dingman and Rene Fortin are running for seat no. 1 while Marc Gagnon and Paul Emile Guilbault are running for seat no. 4. Already elected are mayor Lisette Maillé, incumbents Robert Benoit, André Carrier and Jean-Claude Duff, and Jean Ranger. In Ayer’s Cliff, Paul Britton and Robert Lacoste are running for seat no. 2 while already elected are mayor Alex van Zuiden, incumbents Patrick Proulx, Peter McHarg, John Batrie and France Coulombe, and new to council Christian Savoie.
In Barnston West, there are many new faces in the council, all elected without contest. New mayor Johnny Piszar is a former councilor, former mayor Ghislain Leblond has seat no. 6, and incumbent Julie Grenier has seat no. 5. Newly elected are Ginette Breault, Ziv Przytyk, Virginia Ashby and Normand Vigneau. Elected in Hatley along with Mayor Denis Ferland are incumbents Chantal Montminy, Nicole Gingras, Eric Hammal and Gilles Viens, and newly elected Guy Massicotte and Lucie Masse.
There are many candidates running in Hatley Township with only new mayor Martin Primeau elected by acclamation. Those candidates are: seat no. 1, Patrick Clowery, Mia Pascale; seat no. 2, Pascal Chouiniere, Vincent Fontaine (inc.); seat no. 3, Jacques Bogenez, Jean Pierre Lamonnier; seat no. 4, Cynthia Dion Daigneault, Claude Meilleur (inc.); seat no. 5, Guy Larkin (inc.), Therese Morin, David Wright; seat no. 6, Mikael Auger, Sylvie Cassar (inc.).
In the Borough of Lennoxville, only Linda Boulanger has been elected by acclamation as Borough councilor of the Uplands District. Incumbent David Price is running against Nicolas Balasi and JeanGuy Dorval for the position of City councilor for the Lennoxville Borough. Claude Charron and Steve A. Coté are running for the position of Borough councilor of the Fairview District of the Borough of Lennoxville.
In North Hatley, besides the two-way race for the mayor’s seat between incumbent Michael Page and John Gronan, incumbent Michael Dudgeon is fighting with Marcelle Davis Gerrish and Michael Grayson to regain seat no. 2; incumbent Dara Jane Loomis is running against Claude Villeneuve for seat no. 5; and incumbent Gerald Ostiguy is running against Alain Beaulieu for seat no. 6. Incumbents Michael Munnkittrick and Carol Haller have been re-elected and Pauline Farrugia has been elected for the first time to seat no. 1.
In Ogden, the only members of the previous council who are in this election are both running for mayor: Michael Sudlow (previous councilor) and Lise Routhier ( incumbent mayor). However, many of the candidates, including former mayor Joe Stairs who is running for seat no. 1 against Pierre Chiasson, do have previous municipal experience. Also running are: seat no. 2, Anne Batrie, Jean Roy; seat no.
3, Alain Carrier, Norma Gene Cauchon; seat no. 4, Josee Dumesnil, Robert Lebrun; seat no. 5, Philippe Danton, Richard Roy, Hannah Sevack; and seat no. 6, Sylvie Lefebvre, Lise Rousseau.
In Potton, only newcomer Michael Laplume was elected to seat no. 6 while sixteen other citizens are vying for positions on council. Incumbent mayor Jacques Marcoux is running against Louis Veillon for his old job. Also in the race are: seat no. 1, incumbent Michael Cyr, Andre Ducharme and Marie Paule Villeneuve; seat no. 2, Bruno Coté, Diane Rypinski Marcoux (inc.); seat no. 3, Michel Daigneault (inc.), Edward Mierzwinski; seat no. 4, Gaetan Giguere, Claude Primeau, Edith Smeesters, Alexis Stogowski; seat no. 5, Alex Bechard, Jacques Hebert (inc.), Pierre Pouliot.
In the town of Stanstead, only two seats are being contested. Rollande Rouleau and Serge Tougas are running for seat no. 2 while AJ Bedard and Robert Dubois are running for seat no. 5. Already elected are incumbent mayor Philippe Dutil and incumbent councilors Guy Ouellet, Wayne Stratton and Paul Stuart. Newly elected by acclamation to seat no. 4 was Frances Bonenfant. In Stanstead Township, elected by acclamation are: seat no. I PierreMartineau; seat no. 2, Gaetane Gaudreau Langlois (inc.); seat no. 3, Janet Cooper; and seat no 5, Dany Brodeur. Besides the three mayoral candidates, Francine Caron Markwell, Therese McCutcheon and Stephane Pouliot, running for seat no. 4 are George Charles Atkin and Terry Loucks, and for seat no. 6, Gaston Blain and Christian Laporte (inc.).
And finally, in Waterville, there are no less than twenty-three candidates. The following citizens are running: mayor, Vincent Dionne, Nathalie Dupuis, Clifford Reed; seat 1, Normand Cabana, Antoine Deacon (inc.), Stephane Peloquin, Youri Pinard; seat 2, Gaetan Lafond, Michel Lamontagne; seat 3, Tracie Bachand, Martin Hebertt, Karl Hunting, Marc Morin; seat 4, Gordon Barnett (inc.), Gilles Goulet, Chantal Lennon; seat 5, Denis Bergeron, Jasmin Chabot, Gilles Charest, Daniele Lizotte; seat 6, Carole Chassé, Yvon Foucher, Danny Nugent.
The voting takes place on November 3rd.
Almost 100 citizens attended the meeting of the candidates running in Waterville that was held at the Waterville Community Centre last Thursday evening. Fifteen of the twenty-three candidates were there to answer questions and share their visions for the future of the town. People who were unable to attend can visit the town community centre’s website to hear extracts of the audio presentations.
Stanstead Township residents lined up to ask the candidates questions at the public meeting last Saturday.