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37 candidates seek positions on County council

Thirty-seven candidates have come forward to have their names stand for election to County council in October.

There are three candidates for mayor – following Paul Boyd’s decision to withdraw, and instead run to represent Ameliasburgh.

The cast shows one acclamation – Bill Roberts, for Sophiasburgh.

Mayor Robert Quaiff and councillors Lenny Epstein, Kevin Gale and Treat Hull are not seeking re-election.

From the official list posted July 30, candidates include:

– Steve Ferguson
– Dianne O’Brien
– Richard Whiten

Picton ward:
– Ray Hobson
– Phil St Jean
– Stephanie Bell
– Kate MacNaughton
– Barry Turpin
– Mark Rose

– Phil Prinzen
– Gil Leclerc
– Gord Fox
– Brad Nieman

– Jim Dunlop
– Mike Harper
– Brent Kleinsteuber

– Janice Maynard
– Tim Fellows
– Roy Pennell
– Bill McMahon
– Andreas Bolik
– Paul Boyd
– Michael McLeod
– Terry Shortt

– Jamie Forrester
– Bob Rogers
– Nicola Chapman

– Bill Roberts

– Steve Graham
– Ernest Margetson
– Angie Baldwin

North Marysburgh:
– Stewart Scott Bailey
– David Harrison

South Marysburgh:
– John Hirsch
– Elis Ziegler
– Brian Sword
– Geoff Church

Alison Kelly and Matti Kopamees will challenge incumbent Dwayne Inch for the office of trustee Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board wards 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9.

Jennifer Cobb is unchallenged for representing wards 3, 4, 6 and 7.

Gregory Speagle is unchallenged as trustee for Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

Rachel Laforest is unchallenged for trustee, Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington French Language Public District School Board.

Diane Burns and Michel Charron are running for the office of trustee, Frontenac, Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington French Language Separate District School Board.

Election day is Monday, Oct. 22.

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  1. Chris Keen says:

    Emily, panelists at the AMO raised policing cost concerns, not me.

  2. Dennis Fox says:

    In a previous life, I served as a town councillor – one of our duties was to screen applicants for local taxi companies because they required a license from the municipality to drive there. Not surprisingly part of this screening involved a “police criminal background check.” What became very clear were the number of young men who at some point in their past had a police record because they were found to have had one or two joints in their possession. This so called “criminal record” would follow them for the rest of their lives and often get in the way of them securing employment – which was ridiculous. If this new legalization prevents such miscarriages of justice, then I’m all for it. As with alcohol or tobacco, I expect proper rules and regs to be in place and for parents to teacher their children common sense.

  3. Gary Mooney says:

    Let’s put the cannabis thing into context. Previously, lots of folks used marijuana, and purchased it from drug dealers, including some operating in or near schools. Very few problems requiring police action.

    Soon, more folks will use marijuana, and will purchase it from authorized dealers and some from drug dealers. Why would there be lots of problems requiring police action when there were few previously?

    The use of alcohol results in some accidents and violence. Cannabis is benign, except for slow driving. Let’s take a laid-back attitude and minimize the regulation of something that doesn’t need much regulation.

  4. Chuck says:

    You see it as we all should. You surprised me. I’d toke to you but I cannot handle the new powerful weed, much preferring the relaxing 70’s brand!

  5. Dennis Fox says:

    For a product that has been used by virtually every adult over the age of 40 and also by those younger (who I am jealous of now) – all this angst over legalizing weed is truly mind boggling. Just let the Feds do their thing and then let the municipalities decide where they want the legal selling if it to take place. Just like THE BEER STORE or the LCBO – we will survive this and perhaps see a lot less money spent on policing and on court costs. With proper control and a bit of common sense, this smoking of the weed will be blended into our lives without a lot of notice. The term “Reefer Madness” came from an uninformed 1950’s B movie – it ain’t so! Cool man cool, anyone have a dime for a jelly donut?

  6. Emily says:

    Why would you suggest increased policing costs? The OPP do not patrol a licensed LCBO so why would they patrol a legal weed shop? I would expect policing costs to drop as they won’t be wasting time on a substance that should have been legal long ago. As well, legal stores reduce cops chasing black market

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