First in series of three scheduled debates
SOUTH MOUNTAIN — The eleven contenders in the North Dundas municipal election will meet tonight for their initial debate of the campaign.
First in a series of three such meetings jointly sponsored by the Dundas Federation of Agriculture and the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce, the Sept. 17 session gets underway 7 p.m. in South Mountain’s Ag Hall.
The event will be the public’s first head-to-head comparison of the candidates, including the highly anticipated meeting of mayoral contenders Gerry Boyce and Tony Fraser — both current members of council who are trying to move up from their current roles as deputy mayor and councillor to fill the shoes of outgoing Mayor Eric Duncan. Only one can return to the table after the election.
Veteran long-time councillor Al Armstrong will face off against Brad Pinch in the field of hopefuls seeking to become the township’s new deputy mayor.
Vying for three councillor seats are Gary Annable, Theresa Bergeron, Frank Fata, Tyler Hoy, incumbent John Thompson, Michael Trolly and Tim Wasylko.
Organizers have also allotted some time for appearances by Upper Canada District School Board trustee candidates Jeremy Armer (incumbent) and challenger Larry Berry, as well as Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario candidates Karen McAllister (incumbent) and Donna Nielsen.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the event is anticipated to run two hours after the 7 p.m. start.
If you miss the South Mountain kickoff, don’t worry, the series continues Sept. 24 at the Chesterville Legion and Oct. 1 at the Joel Steele Community Centre in Winchester. Those dates also start at 7 p.m.