Five candidates are seeking four seats on Point Edward council, including three incumbents and two newcomers.
Goalie consultant and lifelong resident Paul Burgess has thrown his hat in the ring again, having already served the last term on council.
“I love my hometown and I’m youth oriented, so my priority is to develop more park facilities,” said Burgess.
Retired radio newsman Larry Gordon is also seeking re-election after a term on council. Continuing to keep tax increases under 2% and promoting strong communication through social media are critical to him, said Gordon.
Newcomer Greg Grimes is a former community television manager who married a Point girl and moved to the village with her when they took early retirement in 2017.
“I bring a lot of experience from the corporate world, new ideas and a different perspective that can help in the village,” said Grimes, who chairs the village’s police services board.
Tim Mondoux is another newcomer to municipal politics. He was raised in The Point, made career moves to Calgary and Toronto, and returned when he retired from Imperial Oil three years ago.
Mondoux has chaired the village’s committees of adjustments and property standards. “Serving on those committees is like an internship to running for council,” he said.
Incumbent Janice Robson is a lifelong Point Edward resident with 21 years on council, most as deputy mayor.
“I want to share my experience with the council of the day,” Robson said. The next term on council is a chance to “dig our heels in” and secure senior government funding to help rebuild St. Clair Street, she said.
Mayor Bev Hand is acclaimed this time around after stepping up to serve in 2016 when former Mayor Larry MacKenzie resigned.
Hand, who has also served 12 years as a village councillor, says commercial and residential development is her priority for the next four years.
Point Edward residents should receive voting information letters in the mail this week, ahead of any potential postal strike, says village clerk Jim Burns.
Anyone who doesn’t receive a letter with a PIN number for electronic voting by Oct. 1 should call the municipal office (519-337-3021).
One-hour information sessions to learn how to vote in the village’s first e-voting election will be held at the municipal offices on Kendall Street Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Voters will have a chance to meet the five contenders on Monday, Oct. 1 at an all-candidates meeting that starts at 7 p.m. at the Point Edward community hall.
Point Edward voters will also elect School Trustees for the board to which they pay taxes.
ENGLISH PUBLIC (choose 3)
ENGLISH SEPARATE (choose 2)
FRENCH PUBLIC (choose 1)
FRENCH SEPARATE (choose 1)