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Full slate of candidates confirmed for County’s municipal election

Four nominations for mayor, from left, are incumbent Steve Ferguson, Dianne O’Brien, Terry Shortt and Kyle Mayne.

The official list of certified candidates for the Oct. 24 municipal election was declared Aug. 22 by Prince Edward County Clerk Catalina Blumenberg.

The following met the criteria and filed all necessary papers, endorsement of nominations, declarations and paid required fees. The clerk has determined that such persons are qualified, and that their nominations satisfy the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

Office of Mayor
(One to be elected)
Steve FERGUSON
Kyle Douglas MAYNE
Dianne O’BRIEN
Terry SHORTT

Office of Councillor Ward 1 Picton
(Two to be elected)
Phil ADIE
Jane LESSLIE
Kate MACNAUGHTON
Peter MORCH
Phil ST-JEAN

Office of Councillor Ward 2 Bloomfield/Hallowell
(Two to be elected)
Sarah MOFFATT
Brad NIEMAN
Phil PRINZEN

Office of Councillor Ward 3 Wellington
(One to be elected)
Jennifer COBB
Corey ENGELSDORFER
Heather NORLOCK

Office of Councillor Ward 4 Ameliasburgh
(Three to be elected)

Paul Dawson BOYD
Sam GROSSO
Janice MAYNARD
Roy PENNELL
Bill TKACH

Office of Councillor Ward 5 Athol
(One to be elected)
Sam BRANDERHORST
Tom HARRISON
Bob ROGERS
Elis ZIEGLER

Office of Councillor Ward 6 Sophiasburgh
(One to be elected)
Paul DRAKE
Bill ROBERTS

Office of Councillor Ward 7 Hillier
(One to be elected)
Chris BRANEY
Dee HAZELL
Paul VANHAARLEM

Office of Councillor Ward 8 North Marysburgh
(One to be elected)
David HARRISON
Ben THORNTON

Office of Councillor Ward 9 South Marysburgh
(One to be elected)
John HIRSCH
Ryan KREUTZWISER

Office of English Public School – Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board
Wards 1, 2, 5, 8, 9
(One to be elected)
Judith BURFOOT
Stacey LEWIS

Office of English Public School – Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board
Wards 3, 4, 7, 6
(One to be elected)
Sarah BOBAS
Hale FERGUSON
Rachael PRINZEN

Office of English Separate School – Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board
(Acclaimed)
Jacqueline FERNANDES

Office of Le Conseil des ecoles publiques de I’Est de I’Ontario
(Acclaimed)
Rachel LAFOREST

Office of Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est
(Acclaimed)
Michel CHARRON

 

AUG. 19: With the nomination period now closed as of 2 p.m. Friday (opened May 2) for candidates to register to run in the Oct. 24 municipal election in Prince Edward County, 33 candidates have officially been nominated to run for the 13 councillor positions in nine wards, plus the mayor’s seat.

By comparison, the number of candidates running is down by six from the 2018 municipal election which received a total of 39 candidate nominations (although two candidates withdrew for a total of 37 who actually ran).

Of the 33 candidates vying for the 14 seats, less than one-third are female, a little over two-thirds male. There are eight incumbents, including the mayor, throwing their hats in the ring.

While there are some new faces in the race, there are a few familiar names that have either run as a candidate previously, or have been elected as a councillor in years past.

It came down to the wire with a few straggler nominees filing papers at the almost 11th hour translating into no acclamations.

Prince Edward County wards are set out as follows:
Picton (ward 1) – two seats
Bloomfield/Hallowell (ward 2) – two seats
Wellington (ward 3) – one seat
Ameliasburgh (ward 4) – three seats
Athol (ward 5) – one seat
Sophiasburgh (ward 6) – one seat
Hillier (ward 7) – one seat
North Marysburgh (ward 8) – one seat
South Marysburgh (ward 9) – one seat
Mayor – one seat

Pending final confirmation from County Clerk Catalina Blumenberg that candidates meet all official criteria, the ballots will include:

Five candidates are vying for the two seats in Picton, including both incumbent councillors Kate MacNaughton and Phil St-Jean as they each attempt to secure a second term. Jane Lesslie (chair of the Prince Edward County environmental advisory committee), Peter Morch and Phil Adie are new to the race. St-Jean was previously unsuccessful in his attempt in this ward in 2014, as well as in Bloomfield ward in 2010. St.-Jean served a three-year term in 2001-2003 as a Bloomfield councillor.

In Bloomfield/Hallowell ward, there are three contenders for two available seats, namely incumbents Phil Prinzen and Brad Nieman, along with newcomer Sarah Moffatt. Prinzen will be trying to secure a second consecutive term, with Nieman a third term in this ward.

Three contenders are vying for the one seat in Wellington, namely Heather Norlock, Jennifer Cobb and Corey Engelsdorfer, all first-time councillor prospects.

Cobb brings experience as public school board trustee in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board where she held the trustee position in 2018-2022 (wards 3, 4, 6, 7), and in 2014-2018 and 2010-2014 (wards 3, 4, 7, 10) as she makes the switch to councillor candidate.

Janice Maynard incumbent in Ameliasburgh is looking to run for a fourth term in this ward which has three seats up for grabs and five vying candidates. She is joined by Roy Pennell, Sam Grosso, Paul Boyd and Bill Tkach.

Pennell isn’t new to the election scene having attempted a run in 2018 for Ameliasburgh in a crowded field of eight candidates. He was councillor in this ward 2014-2018.

Boyd also isn`t new to municipal politics as he attempted a run in Ameliasburgh in 2018 (after withdrawing from the mayor’s race), as well as for mayor in both 2010 and 2014.

There is one seat up for grabs in Athol and four nominees in contention with Sam Branderhorst, Elis Ziegler, Bob Rogers and Tom Harrison. Branderhorst and Harrison are new to the municipal election scene.

In the last election, Ziegler ran as a candidate for South Marysburgh ward losing out to John Hirsch by 33 votes. Rogers attempted a run in this ward in 2018 losing to Jamie Forrester.

Bill Roberts is hoping to secure a third term for the sole seat in Sophiasburgh. He was acclaimed in 2018 but this election faces off with Paul Drake.

Dee Hazel, Paul VanHaarlem and Chris Braney are running for one seat in Hillier – all are new to local municipal politics.

David Harrison and Ben Thornton are the candidates for North Marysburgh’s one seat.

While Thornton is a new face to municipal politics, David Harrison ran unsuccessfully in the 2018 election in this ward losing to Stewart Bailey by 50 votes. David Harrison was North Marysburgh councillor 2014-2018.

Incumbent John Hirsch, looking for a second term as South Marysburgh councillor, is joined by
Ryan Kreutzwiser in this race for the ward’s sole seat. He faced four candidates in the 2018 run.

MAYOR’S SEAT

For the mayor’s seat (one position), there are four contenders for the top job with Dianne O’Brien, Terry Shortt and Kyle Mayne signed up, plus incumbent Steve Ferguson who is looking to secure a second term.

Ferguson previously held the councillor seat in South Marysburgh for one term (2014-2018).

O’Brien ran for the mayoral job in the last municipal election with 4,043 votes (40.72 per cent), coming a close second to Steve Ferguson who received 50.17 per cent of the vote with 4,981 votes. A familiar face around the horseshoe, O’Brien was an Ameliasburgh councillor from 2014-2018 and 2010-2014.

Mayne ran for a councillor seat in South Marysburgh in 2014, losing to Steve Ferguson.

Shortt unsuccessfully ran in the 2018 election in Ameliasburgh ward and in 2014 he was unsuccessful running in Sophiasburgh ward. Shortt served as a Sophiasburgh councillor from 1994-1997, 2000-2003; 2003-2006 and 2010-2014.

SCHOOL BOARD TRUSTEES

Stacey Lewis and Judith Burfoot will vie for the one trustee seat with Hastings and Prince Edward English Public School Board (wards 1, 2, 5, 8, 9).

Sarah Bobas, Hale Ferguson and Rachel Prinzen are running for the one trustee position in the Hastings and Prince Edward English Public School Board (wards 3, 4, 6, 7).

Jacqueline Fernandes is acclaimed as the English Separate School Board trustee for Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

Rachel Laforest is acclaimed for Le Conseil des ecoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, and Michel Charron is acclaimed for Le Conseil des ecoles catholiques du centre-Est.

Less than half the population in Prince Edward County cast a ballot in the last election – just 43.31 per cent (10,032 individuals of the 23,164 registered voters).

The municipal election will be held on Monday, Oct. 24.

 

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    I am pleased to see that every council position is being contested. Hopefully this will increase voter interest – the last election had a very low voter turn out. Not knowing what changes Doig Ford will impose yet again onto municipalities – particularly increasing the powers of the mayor – we need to vote in a strong council that will stand up for the voters and taxpayers and who are prepared to challenge the province when needed. To date, I have not seen that kind of courage shown locally. Now is the time for voters to prepare their questions and to ask them when candidates come knocking.

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