Incumbents, newcomers vying for your vote in municipal, school board elections
Tim Brody - Editor
Nominations have officially closed for the 2018 municipal council and school board trustee elections this fall.
According to the unofficial list of candidates for council, filed as of 2 p.m. July 27, all current members of Sioux Lookout municipal council are seeking re-election. Seven community members have put their names forward to challenge them for their seats at the council table.
Running for mayor are Doug Lawrance (incumbent), Jason Bailey, and Dennis Leney (a former mayor and councillor in Sioux Lookout).
Running for the five councillor at large seats are Ronald Bird, Yolaine Kirlew (incumbent), Debbie Elizabeth Baker, John Bath (incumbent), Darlene S. Angeconeb, Joe Cassidy, Cory Allan Lago, Cal Southall (incumbent), Joyce Timpson (incumbent), and Steven Forbes (incumbent).
Running for the Ward I (Hudson) Councillor seat is Donald Fenelon (incumbent).
According to the unofficial list of candidates for boards of education, James Kulchyski (incumbent) and Cathy Bowen (incumbent) have put their names forward for the English Separate School Board (Northwest Catholic District School Board), while Darrin Joseph Head has put his name forward for the English Public School Board (Keewatin-Patricia District School Board).
Municipal clerk Brian MacKinnon shared, “I will be reviewing and certifying all nominations filed with my office and issuing an official list of candidates by 4:00 p.m., local time, on Monday, July 30, 2018, per the Municipal Elections Act.”
He stated, “We will be updating the videos on our elections website (www.siouxlookoutvotes2018.ca) within the next week, providing more detailed videos that explain the telephone and internet voting method (which will be used in the 2018 Municipal and School Board elections).
“We are also actively working with a number of agencies and organizations to ensure the election is accessible to all eligible electors, and more details on how, when and where these additional supports will be in place, will be forthcoming within the next few weeks. In the interim, we have our election accessibility plan posted on our elections website, and I would encourage the public to review it and contact us with any comments, questions or concerns.”
MacKinnon explained, “As we move closer to September and into October, we will be undertaking a number of education, outreach and other facilitative initiatives that will examine such topics as:
Am I on the voters list? (and if not, how do I get on the voters list?)
What happens if I don’t receive a voter information letter (which contains the PIN required to vote)?
What should I do if I am going to be out of town when the voter information letters are mailed and/or during the voting period – how can I vote?
… and much more!”
The municipal council and school board elections will take place on Monday, October 22.