Cornwall ON – Fire can catch quickly. Being a former fire fighter Mark MacDonald may know about that more than his rivals for mayor of Cornwall Ontario.
Last night the results of his spaghetti fund raiser surprised even himself as the Knights of Columbus Hall was packed to capacity and maybe more as extra tables and chairs were being scrambled for as people simply kept showing up at the door.
It showed a real want for change. There were young people who’ve never voted before. Business people, and council contenders Jason Setnyk, Mike Bedard, Claude Poirier, Maurice Dupelle joined current councilor Denis Thibault in attendance.
Mark A MacDonald speaks to the crowd.
Given zero chance of defeating popular incumbent mayor Bob Kilger Mr. MacDonald’s relentless campaign keeps growing. Rumours are that he’s already out of signs and may have to order more.
Maybe the extra support given by ex-mayor Brian Lynch who has been accompanying Mr. MacDonald’s door to door campaign or Phil Poirier’s efforts are turning the tide?
Many times over the last years in Council Mr. MacDonald has looked like an island of one at the council table, but last night showed that he’s got a strong team dedicated to turning this David and Goliath battle into a victory.
He led the crowd in song dedicating a moment to deceased former city councilor Hugette Burroughs.
While Mayor Kilger has been hamstrung by performing the public duties of Mayor, Mr. MacDonald has been racing like a throughbred to the post.
The question now will be will he have the endurance and finishing power to lead him over the line on October 25?
We’ll be updating this story with video throughout the day as we have a bunch to crunch from the event.
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