Print the ballots: Nominations close for municipal elections in Haliburton County

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The mayors of three of four Haliburton County municipalities are foregoing another kick at the political can, and that in itself leads to interesting outcomes at the polls.

There are few incumbent candidates and there are a handful of one-horse races county-wide. The electoral outcome will translate to a new-look county council after the final votes are cast Oct. 24. Advance voting will take place Oct. 14.

The period for nominations across the province closed Aug. 19. Nominations in each municipality will be certified by respective clerks on Aug. 22. That’s also when candidates for unchallenged roles will be officially acclaimed to office.

In Algonquin Highlands, Mayor Carol Moffatt decided not to ink her name to the ballot this go-around. Candidates in the mayoral contest are current Deputy Mayor Liz Danielsen and Mike Lang.

Incumbent Julia Shortreed is the candidate for Ward 1. Lisa Barry, Amber Meirik, Napier Simpson, and Sabrina Richards are looking to be the voice in Ward 2. Jennifer Dailloux is the lone Ward 3 candidate.

In Highlands East, incumbent Mayor Dave Burton and Cheryl Ellis are campaigning for the top council spot.

Incumbent Cam McKenzie will be acclaimed in Ward 1. Janice Dahms and Angela Lewis are the choices in Ward 2. Incumbent Ruth Strong is the only candidate in Ward 4. And Deputy Mayor Cecil Ryall rounds out the slate in Ward 3.

The deputy mayor is chosen by council after the election.

The Dysart council chamber will be filled by a majority of new faces as just one incumbent decided to vie for a seat.

The mayoral and deputy mayoral races have one candidate each in Murray Fearrey and Walt Mckechnie respectively.

Voters will choose between Rob McCaig, Pamela Brohm, Pat Casey, and Tom Bailey in Ward 1; Daniel Roberts, Jennifer Korpela, and Nancy Wood-Roberts in Ward 2; Ron Evans, Hayden Hughes, Brian Atkins, and Carm Sawyer in Ward 4. Incumbent Tammy Donaldson is the only choice in Ward 3, as is Barry Boice in the fifth ward.

Bob Carter is the only candidate for mayor in Minden Hills. He’s the current representative of Ward 1.

Incumbent Lisa Schell is the only name on the ballet to be the township’s deputy mayor.

There’s a two-horse race between Tammy McKelvey and Trevor Chaulk for councillor-at-large duties.

Hoping to replace Carter in Ward 1 at the council table is Ivan Ingram, Shirley Johannessen, Richard Bradley, and Mike Grozelle. That ward has two representatives because of its geographic size.

“The decision was made during the 2001 amalgamation process,” said Minden Hills Deputy Clerk Vicki Bull in an email. “Ward 1 is comprised of the former geographical township: Anson, Hindon and Minden. Two Councillors are elected to represent the larger area.”

Ward 2 incumbent Pam Sayne is campaigning against neophyte candidate Stephen Hertel for the seat.

Bob Sisson was the only candidate to throw his name in the hat for Ward 3.

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James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Haliburton County Echo