SOUTH MOUNTAIN — All but one candidate in the North Dundas municipal election took part in the campaign’s first all-candidates’ debate in South Mountain last night.
Candidate for councillor Tim Wasylko was the only no-show as 10 contenders took their positions in front of an audience of about 150 people gathered inside the Ag Hall. (Wasylko’s absence was not unexpected after his Sept. 13 announcement he was no longer seeking the job for personal reasons — although Wasylko technically remains a candidate and will appear on the ballot.)
See the video (above) for the evening’s full debate.
Co-sponsored by the Dundas Federation of Agriculture and the North Dundas Chamber of Commerce, the Sept. 17 session is the first in a series of three planned in the leadup to the North Dundas election. The next goes ahead Sept. 24 at the Chesterville Legion, with the third and final date set Oct. 1 at the Joel Steel Community Centre in Winchester. The meetings get underway at 7 p.m. and feature questions posed by the audience to the candidates — as well as formal closing and opening remarks from each political hopeful. The first edition lasted just short of two hours.
This article was edited to properly reflect that Tim Wasylko’s absence was not unexpected.