A ‘squeaker’ and a land­slide

Wil­liams edges Cad­dell; 3 new coun­cil­lors in SG

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

North Glen­garry’s new Deputy-Mayor, Carma Wil­liams, wasn’t ex­ag­ger­at­ing when she re­ferred to Mon­day even­ing’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion as a “squeaker.”

Ms. Wil­liams, who has served as North Glen­garry’s Maxville Ward Coun­cil­lor for the past two terms, edged out her clos­est com­peti­tor, Lochiel Ward Coun­cil­lor Brian Cad­dell, by less than 180 votes. Ms. Wil­liams re­ceived 1,599 votes while Mr. Cad­dell gar­nered 1,421. Robert Proulx, who also ran for Deputy-Mayor, re­ceived 426.

Mean­while, in South Glen­garry, where three new coun­cil­lors were elected, Coun­cil­lor Lyle War­den was eas­ily elected Deputy Mayor.

‘Fair cam­paign’

Af­ter speak­ing to a crowd of about 100 at the Glen­garry Sports Palace, where the elec­tion re­sults were un­veiled, Ms. Wil­liams re­tired to The Quirky Car­rot in Alexan­dria where dozens of sup­port­ers had gath­ered to cel­e­brate her vic­tory.

Over the years, Ms. Wil­liams and Mr. Cad­dell had sparred at the coun­cil ta­ble – most re­cently over the Maxville Wa­ter Project – but there was no an­i­mos­ity be­tween the two on Mon­day. Ms. Wil­liams thanked Mr. Cad­dell for “a hard fought and fair cam­paign” and Mr. Cad­dell con­grat­u­lated her and thanked his sup­port­ers – es­pe­cially his wife, El­iz­a­beth – for their hard work.

Orig­i­nally, Mr. Cad­dell sought to re­claim the Lochiel Ward seat but later with­drew in or­der to run for Deputy-Mayor. He says he doesn’t re­gret that de­ci­sion. “I felt I had to run,” he said. As far as run­ning again, he says he’s not rul­ing that out.

“You never know what the fu­ture holds,” he says. “If there’s a need next time, I might an­swer the call again.”

No­ble in

By far, the clos­est elec­tion of the even­ing was fought in Lochiel Ward.

There, Brenda No­ble emerged vic­to­ri­ous, gar­ner­ing a grand to­tal of 357 votes. Her fel­low can­di­dates, An­drew Neil McCormick and Ray­mond Ques­nel, gar­nered 304 and 294 re­spec­tively.

Ms. No­ble was the only win­ning can­di­date who was not present at the Glen­garry Sports Palace when the re­sults were made pub­lic. In­stead, she gath­ered with sup­port­ers at Dalkeith Plus.

Ms. No­ble, who was in­spired to run for coun­cil af­ter the SDG Li­brary Board shut­tered the Dalkeith branch in 2016, said she wasn’t sur­prised that the race was close. She said that no one stood out and that she’s happy she didn’t win by a big mar­gin so that “no one would feel bad.”

Other can­di­dates

In­cum­bent Coun­cil­lor at Large Jac­ques Massie, on the other hand, en­joyed a wider mar­gin of vic­tory over his fel­low can­di­dates, Louise Quen­neville and Kevin van den Oete­laar, eclips­ing both of them by more than 400 votes. He earned 1,434 tal­lies while Ms. Quen­neville and Mr. van den Oete­laar re­ceived re­spec­tive to­tals of 1,004 and 1,022.

With his wife, Doanne The­o­ret, at his side, Mr. Massie thanked every­one who ran, say­ing that democ­racy is im­por­tant.

In­cum­bent Alexan­dria Ward Coun­cil­lor Michel Depratto also en­joyed a com­fort­able mar­gin of vic­tory, de­feat­ing Naval Ku­mar Gupta 911-178.

Ac­claimed

Ms. Wil­liams, Ms. No­ble, Mr. Massie and Mr. Depratto will join Mayor-Elect Jamie Mac­Don­ald, in­cum­bent Kenyon Ward Coun­cil­lor Jeff Man­ley, and Maxville Ward Coun­cil­lor Jo­hanne Wensink, who re­turns to the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil ta­ble af­ter a 20-year ab­sence.

When Carma Wil­liams and Lyle War­den at­tend their first coun­ties coun­cil meet­ing later this year, they won’t have to worry about be­ing the only new kids on the block at the up­per tier level.

Ms. Wil­liams and Mr. War­den, who will soon be North and South Glen­garry’s re­spec­tive new Deputy-May­ors, will be among eight fresh faces on coun­ties coun­cil. They will join Tony Fraser and Al­lan Arm­strong of North Dun­das, Bill Ewing of South Dun­das, Jim Wert and François Landry of North Stor­mont, and David Smith of South Stor­mont.

Steven Byvelds, Mayor-elect of South Dun­das, and Bryan McGil­lis, Mayor-elect of South Stor­mont, both re­claimed seats at the coun­ties coun­cil level. Along with North Glen­garry Mayor-elect Jamie Mac­Don­ald and South Glen­garry Mayor-elect Frank Prevost, the four will soon be the only coun­ties coun­cil mem­bers to have any ex­pe­ri­ence at the up­per tier.

Mr. Mac­Don­ald says he will run for war­den in 2019. He last served in that ca­pac­ity in 2016.

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