Edgar wait­ing in wings to fill seat

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Local - KARENA WAL­TER

Kelly Edgar is next in line to fill an empty St. Catharines re­gional coun­cil seat for the sec­ond time in four years.

With the elec­tion of St. Catharines Coun. Jim Bradley to Ni­a­gara Re­gion chair on Thurs­day, there’s an open­ing for one of the six coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing St. Catharines.

Edgar came in sev­enth in the Oc­to­ber elec­tion, just as he did in 2014 when he was ap­pointed to fill the coun­cil seat left va­cant by Alan Caslin when he be­came chair.

The city clerk called Edgar Thurs­day and asked if he is will­ing to fill the empty seat if that is city coun­cil’s will.

“I told her em­phat­i­cally, yes I am,” he told The Stan­dard.

Un­like in 2014, the ap­point­ment of Edgar should go a lot smoother this time around.

When Caslin’s re­gional coun­cil seat be­came up for grabs, many thought sev­enth-place fin­isher Edgar was the nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor.

But St. Catharines city coun­cil tried to ap­point St. An­drew’s ward Coun. Matt Har­ris to the Re­gion to per­form a dual duty role. The con­tro­ver­sial move, split­ting city coun­cil 7-6, was shot down by the prov­ince, which said it wouldn’t change the rules in the mid­dle of a term to al­low some­one to hold two seats.

City coun­cil then voted to rec­om­mend Edgar be ap­pointed by the Re­gion to the seat.

The de­ba­cle prompted St. An­drew’s Coun. Joe Kush­ner to ta­ble a mo­tion in Jan­uary 2015 ask­ing the city to adopt a pol­icy for fill­ing fu­ture va­can­cies on re­gional coun­cil that was con­sis­tent with the way it fills seats on city coun­cil.

That pol­icy, now in ef­fect, says the sev­enth place fin­isher may be ap­pointed if he or she re­ceived 70 per cent of the votes that were gained by the sixth place fin­isher.

Edgar cap­tured 85 per cent of the votes that sixth place fin­isher Tim Rigby got.

A re­port to city coun­cil on fill­ing Bradley’s va­cancy is ex­pected on Dec. 10 or 17. Edgar said he ran for re­gional coun­cil be­cause he wanted to be in­volved in Ni­a­gara in a pos­i­tive way.

Kelly Edgar

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