SOUTH STORMONT — The contenders in South Stormont’s municipal election go head-to-head in their first all-candidates meeting this evening at the township’s community centre in Long Sault.
The event will see mayoral hopefuls Tammy Hart — current deputy mayor — and Bryan McGillis — former mayor — sit down at the same table for the first time since their previous turbulent council term together ended in 2014. Both Hart and McGillis, along with fellow candidate Christopher Bonneville, aim to replace retiring mayor Jim Bancroft, who has opted to run as Upper Canada District School Board trustee after that body controversially pulled the plug on high school grades at Rothwell-Osnabruck School in Ingleside this term.
Organized by the South Stormont Chamber of Commerce, the event is also likely to bring out deputy mayoral candidates — both current councillors — David Smith and Richard Waldroff. The slate of councillor candidates includes Earle DePass, Helen Dunlop, Andrew Guindon, Louise Leclerc, Jennifer MacIsaac, Reid McIntyre, Dale Rudderham, Cindy Woods and an incumbent councillor, Donna Primeau.
Tonight’s meeting (Sept. 25) begins at 6:30 p.m.
The candidates next meet Oct. 11 in Bonville at an event hosted by the Cornwall Township Lions Club.