Ingleside ON – Boy is it different covering a debate like the one in Ingleside Ontario for the Township of South Stormont’s Municipal elections. The room was packed; standing room only.
It was mayor Brian McGillis who had nobody to debate as he was acclaimed.
Ray Beauregard, Tammy Hart, and Wayne R. Summers tangled for the Deputy Mayor’s position while council incumbents and hopefuls Barry Brownlee, John I Cameron, J.R. Bob Copeland, Dan Lortie, Richard F Waldroff, and Cindy Woods answered questions from the crowd and made their pleas the the voters.
Running for School Board Trustee were James Borer, Karen McCallister, Bradley Whittley, and Art Buckland.
I caught up with Mayor McGillis who shared that it “takes a lot of courage to run for office” as he applauded all of the candidates. He was also proud of the low tax base in South Stormont and his and his team’s record and performance for the last four years and anticipated great things for his next term.
“Sixteen sub-divisions have attracted a lot of growth. South Stormont’s 4% growth is one of the biggest in Eastern Ontario.”
He also spoke of discussions with Mike Delaney about bringing better transportation in the future as the numbers increased demand for a service, and also mentioned that things were progressing with the Wood Pellet plant in Ingleside.
“Oh my my my. I don’t think you’ll ever be happy” she shot back to one aggressive question from the crowd which brought a loud roar of approval from the capacity room.
Ms. Hart also went on about ambulance service in response to Bill Fry’s question.
“I don’t like the system we have now. We need change.”
She and Ray Beauregard want a committee to tackle the crisis facing the region of an ambulance shortage.
There were questions about the water front; about jobs, about communicating better with the citizens as media support seems to be lacking in the area, and about roads. A lot of talk about roads, but then again as one person pointed out; the township is larger than the province of Prince Edward Island.
It should be an interesting turn out on October 25th in South Stormont Ontario. What do you think voters? You can post your comments below.