Campaign season is in full swing in Chatham-Kent.
With the nomination period closed, the list of candidates running for council and the mayor’s seat has been finalized.
Chatham-Kent will have at least three new councillors following the October 24 municipal election.
As the nomination deadline has passed, three sitting councillors – Coun. Doug Sulman, Coun. Joe Faas and Coun. Mark Authier – had not filed for re-election.
Sulman is the last of the original councillors elected to the first council of Chatham-Kent following the municipal amalgamation in 1998. He served on council for four decades.
Faas was first elected to the Dresden council in 1976, where he served for 21 years, including eight as mayor, before spending 19 years on Chatham-Kent council.
Authier is leaving municipal politics after serving two terms in West Kent.
Incumbent Mayor Darrin Canniff will run for a second term against newcomers Andy Fisher and William Pickard.
Ward 6 will be busy as 16 candidates will be vying for one of six seats. Incumbents Michael Bondy, Marjorie Crew, Amy Finn, Karen Kirkwood-Whyte and Brock McGregor will be facing 11 challengers, including Derek Robertson. The latter previously served as a Chatham councillor after being elected in 2006.
Wallaceburg’s two Ward 5 council seats are uncontested, with only incumbent councillors Aaron Hall and Carmen McGregor in the running.
In Ward 4, incumbent councillor Jamie McGrail will try to retain her seat in the ward against seven other candidates.
Councillors John Wright and Steve Pinsonneault are both running for re-election in East Kent’s Ward 3. Five candidates are vying for the two seats in Ward 3.
In Ward 2, incumbents Anthony Ceccacci, Mary Clare Latimer and Trevor Thompson will all be aiming to keep their seats on council, with two additional candidates running in South Kent.
Councillor Melissa Harrigan is running to keep her seat in Ward 1 North Kent, while Mark Authier has decided against running for another term. There are three other candidates in the running with two seats available.
The municipal campaign will last just over two months, with election day scheduled on October 24.
Voting can be done in advance online between Oct. 3-16. The municipality will provide a link for internet voting when the online polls open.
Advance polling stations will be available Oct. 13-15 at six locations across the municipality.
The following candidates have submitted their nominations:
-Darrin Canniff (incumbent)
Ward 1 – West Kent (two elected)
-Melissa Harrigan (incumbent)
Ward 2 – South Kent (Two elected)
-Anthony Ceccacci (incumbent)
-Mary Clare Latimer (incumbent)
-Trevor Thompson (incumbent)
Ward 3 – East Kent (Two elected)
-Steve Pinsonneault (incumbent)
-John Wright (incumbent)
Ward 4 – North Kent (Two elected)
-Jamie McGrail (incumbent)
Ward 5 – Wallaceburg (Two elected)
-Aaron Hall (incumbent)
-Carmen McGregor (incumbent)
Ward 6 – Chatham (Six elected)
-Michael Bondy (incumbent)
-Marjorie Crew (incumbent)
-Amy Finn (incumbent)
-Karen Kirkwood-Whyte (incumbent)
-Sheila M. Martin
-Brock McGregor (incumbent)
-Carson WarrenerCampaign season is in full swing in Chatham-Kent.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News