Prevost seeks mayor’s post

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

Frank Prevost

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