Boyce announces intention to run for mayor of North Dundas

Deputy Mayor Gerry Boyce acknowledges his ambition to become mayor while introducing the current person in the job, Eric Duncan. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — The annual North Dundas Community Breakfast served up an added bit of political drama this morning as Deputy Mayor Gerry Boyce confirmed what many have assumed: He intends to replace Eric Duncan as mayor.

Boyce dropped the news while at the podium to introduce the current mayor for his yearly “state of the township” address.

After two terms as mayor and nearly a dozen years on council, 30-year-old Duncan has pledged not to seek re-election in next fall’s municipal election — scheduled Oct. 22, 2018.

With 2018 barely a month away, the sixth annual community breakfast and its audience of more than 200 people proved an appetizing opportunity for Boyce.

“As we’ve all heard, the mayor has decided he’s going step down. Next year will be his final year in office,  and I’ve decided to seek the nomination for mayor next year, at the appropriate time,” said the South Mountain-area resident, quipping, “I thought I would end that speculation.”

Boyce said the subject of his intentions in 2018 had come up as he talked politics over breakfast with visiting keynote speaker Alex Munter minutes earlier, telling the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario CEO that he remained “undecided.”

“Well, I just made my mind up,” declared the smiling deputy mayor. “Thank you, for helping me make my mind up, Mr. Munter,” he added, to which special guest replied from his seat: “I’m happy to be inspirational.”

Boyce was first elected to council in 2010, when he defeated then-Deputy Mayor Estella Rose. He was re-elected in 2014 as the only North Dundas office-holder to face a challenger that year.

Above, North Dundas Deputy Mayor Gerry Boyce declares his intention to seek election as mayor in 2018.

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