Bain, McNamara vie for warden’s job
Vote for Santos replacement set for Dec. 8
HARROW Outgoing Essex County Warden Nelson Santos was honoured Friday and the politicking to replace him started the same night.
Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain and Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara announced campaigns to succeed Santos for the fouryear term of a position now considered a full-time job.
Both Bain and McNamara pushed better co-operation with the City of Windsor on a wide range of issues before a gathering of 200 area politicians and guests at the Portuguese Club of Harrow.
The construction of the Highway 401 extension and new international crossing was the big issue requiring close co-operation with the city, said Bain.
Traffic management is likely to be difficult as major roads are disrupted during construction, Bain noted. With LaSalle Deputy Mayor Bill Varga retiring, Bain is now the senior politician at the county level with 32 years in office.
Although Tecumseh has frequent run-ins with the city, es- pecially over regional transit, McNamara vowed to nurture the relationship on behalf of the county.
McNamara said all levels of government have to work together for the benefit of an area with many residents still hurting from a lingering recession.
In his farewell message, Santos also stressed the importance of the relationship with the city for the betterment of both.
Santos warned that issues would still arise when the winwin solutions with the city won’t be apparent, but the effort to find solutions should continue. “My hope is to see continued progress being made,” Santos said.
Re-elected mayor of Kingsville in a close race, Santos is also the federal Liberal candidate for the Essex riding.
Although the relationship was mentioned frequently, few city politicians actually attended the event that has more than a century of tradition in the county.
City Coun Jo-Anne Gignac represented Mayor Eddie Francis, and outgoing council- lor Dave Brister, now running for the PC’s in the Essex riding, joined her.
Traditionally, the prospective wardens now make their case with current and incoming members of county council. The election will be Dec. 8.
The deputy warden is also elected the same night.
One other election still to take place is that of deputy mayor of Essex.
Councillors Richard Meloche, the current deputy mayor, and newcomer Bill Baker are vying for the deputy mayor’s position.
Mayor Ron McDermott expects the decision will be decided by a single vote Dec. 6.