Prevost seeks mayor’s post
South Glengarry Deputy-Mayor Frank Prevost will be seeking the mayor’s chair in this October’s municipal election.
The deputy-mayor told The News of his intentions to run, and his aspirations for the top council seat, last week.
“I believe as the head of council, with the right council behind you, we can do great things,” he said.
“There are many things we have accomplished as a council (since 2014), but there are also many things we need to continue to accomplish over the next four years.”
Among the initiatives the current deputymayor cites as priorities for the township: construction of the new fire station and roads department garage in Williamstown; installation of a new ice pad in Glen Walter as well as maintenance of existing outdoor rinks; improvements to the municipality’s parks; and finalization of the proposed water and wastewater service agreement on Boundary Road with the City of Cornwall.
Mr. Prevost added that he would continue to address what he perceives to be “issues in regards to customer service in certain areas in the township office,” if elected mayor, and would also seek to keep tax rates static “without disturbing any levels of service.”
A Glen Walter resident, Mr. Prevost, 50, is a veteran of the local municipal scene, having served two terms as councillor for the former Charlottenburgh township, as well as three terms as South Glengarry deputy-mayor, between 1991 and 2006.
He narrowly missed being elected deputymayor in 2010, falling 114 votes shy of winner, and current Mayor Ian McLeod.
Mr. Prevost was appointed to fill a vacant council seat on Oct. 19, 2011 after then-mayor Jim McDonell was chosen Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP in that fall’s provincial election.
Councillor Bill McKenzie was named deputy-mayor at the same time, while Deputy-Mayor McLeod had been appointed mayor five days prior.
Mr. Prevost was re-elected as deputymayor in October 2014, easily outdistancing his next-nearest rival, John Warden – 2,059 votes to 1,468.
The father of three teenaged daughters – Brianna, Kaitlyn and Samantha – Mr. Prevost, who also currently serves as the chairman of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority board, has been a real estate professional in Cornwall for more than a decade.
In the 2014 election, Mr. McLeod won the mayoralty race by a margin of 2,767 to 1,608 over challenger Dave MacDonald.
The official nomination period begins May 1 when papers will be available online and at the South Glengarry office, 6 Oak St., Lancaster.
The deadline to enter the race is 2 p.m. July 27. Election day is October 22.