A ‘squeaker’ and a landslide
Williams edges Caddell; 3 new councillors in SG
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.