Chance of breaking previous lawn sign request records
CORNWALL — With Election Day 100 days away, the local Conservative campaign in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry continues to operate in full gear.
With incumbent Guy Lauzon announcing his retirement at the next federal election (scheduled for Monday, October 21), the local Association says it has “moved diligently to ensure that a new candidate and campaign team are in place.”
Eric Duncan, former Mayor of North Dundas, Warden of SD&G, and past Executive Assistant and Campaign Manager for Lauzon, was acclaimed as the candidate in February.
Recently, Duncan announced his campaign leadership team with Lauzon’s current Chief of Staff Adrian Bugelli and South Glengarry Councillor Sam McDonell named Campaign Managers. Cornwall City Councillor Glen Grant will reprise his role as Campaign Chair, a role he has held for the past seven local federal and provincial Conservative campaigns. Bugelli will take an unpaid leave of absence from Lauzon’s government office when the election officially begins, which is expected in September.
“Our team is putting 110 percent into this election because there is no incumbent on the ballot and we need to get out and be present in every community,” said Duncan. “We have been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received so far, and it’s very clear that people are looking for change in Ottawa this October.
A campaign headquarters has been secured in Cornwall at 691 Brookdale Avenue (International Business Park south of St. Hubert’s and the traffic circle) with regular hours to start later in the summer. Volunteer training sessions have started and Duncan has been attending hundreds of local events and knocking on doors.
“Our donations, lawn sign requests and volunteer numbers are going very well. In fact, we may actually break some previous election records from past local campaigns at the rate we are progressing,” said Bugelli.
The bullish attitude in the Duncan camp comes as only one other big-name party — so far — has put up a challenger in S-D-SG: Raheem Aman will carry the Green Party of Canada banner in the coming election. It’s believed the NDP is also close to selecting a candidate.