Municipal elections: Ron Gervais acclaimed as mayor of Pembroke; many races held in Renfrew County

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As nominations close Friday in Renfrew County, the table of candidates is set for the October 24 municipal election.

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In the City of Pembroke, current Mayor Mike LeMay has chosen not to run for a third consecutive term. Deputy Mayor Ron Gervais announced his intention to run for mayor last spring and when no one else ran, he was elected mayor for the first time.

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Six council seats are available around the table with four current councilors seeking re-election – Brian Abdallah, Ed Jacyno, Pat Lafrenière and Andrew Plummer. Councilor Christine Reavie is not seeking re-election this time around. The new names on the ballot are Chela Breckon, Dan Callaghan, Andrew Clark, Ian Kuehl, Jason Laronde, Dorian Pearce, Troy Purcell, Stacy Taylor, Wade Wallace, Karen Walsh and Jane Wood. The deputy mayor is appointed by the candidate who receives the most votes.

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For more than two decades, Bob Sweet served as mayor of Petawawa, but since Sweet chose not to run for a seventh consecutive term, someone new will wear the chain of office. Nominating their names for mayor are current Deputy Mayor Gary Serviss and Jody Anne McDonald. Board members seeking re-election to one of the six board seats are James Carmody, Theresa Sabourin, Matthew McLean and Murray Rutz. The challengers are Simon Brooks, Lisa Coutu, Adam Driscoll, Karen Donovan, Gerald Hoffman, Cyndi Mills and Barry Schimmens.

In the Laurentian Valley, Steve Bennett was elected mayor by acclamation for a third consecutive term. Earlier this year, after 16 years as a municipal politician, eight as Warden of Laurentian Valley and three years as Warden of Renfrew County, Debbie Robinson announced that she would not be running again this year and that she withdrew from the municipal elections. Politics. Current councilors Chris Pleau and Keith Watt are vying to represent the township as warden. There are five council seats at stake. The candidates for re-election are Allan Wren, Jen Gauthier and Brian Hugli. Tossing their hats in the ring are Mike Summers, Danny Janke, Betty King, Stewart Ray, Jason Schulz and Wendy Hewitt.

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Whitewater will have a new mayor after the election, with current mayor Michael Moore opting to run for a council seat this time around. Current councilor Neil Nicholson and Donna Burns are seeking the seat of mayor. The post of prefect was changed to deputy mayor this time and Cathy Regier being the only candidate, she was acclaimed. The current council members, who seek re-election as councilors in addition to Moore, are Dave Mackay, Daryl McLaughlin and Chris Olmstead. Other names on the ballot for council are Mark Bell, Jim Butterworth, Joe Kowalski, Ronald Eldon, Kenneth Laronde, Connie Tabbert and Joseph Trimm.

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Everyone seeking a seat at the Town of Laurentian Hills council table was cheered. Current mayor John Reinwald did not seek re-election. Deputy mayor and Ward 2 representative Anne Giardini ran for mayor and was acclaimed. Alongside Giardini around the table are Bruce Boucher (quarter one), Gary McAnulty (quarter two), Brenda Blimkie (quarter three) and John Hoyle (quarter four). Boucher, Blimkie and Hoyle are all current township councillors.

In the town of Deep River, Suzanne D’Eon was elected mayor by acclamation. Running for warden are current wardens Glenn Doncaster and Catherine Ryan. The candidates for re-election to one of the five council seats are Will Fitton, Christina Louise Giardini, Kathy Hughes and Terry Myers. The new names on the ballot for councilor are Tom Vaughan and Larry Dumoulin.

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In the United Townships of Head Clara Maria, Debbi Grills and Robert Reid are running for mayor while Ernet Villeneuve, Chris Dowser, Rachel Richer, Fran Kelly-Chamberlain, Jim Gibson and Karen LeClerc are running for council seats.

Current North Algona Wilberforce Mayor James Brose is seeking re-election and is being challenged by former Mayor Deborah Farr. Four councilors will be elected and five are running for these seats, namely Maria Robinson, Melvin Berndt, Janet Reiche-Schoenfeldt, Doug Buckwald and Kevin Clarke. Bonnechere Valley will see battles on all fronts with four candidates for mayor and 10 for the four council seats. The mayoral candidates are current mayors Jennifer Murphy, Leanne Panke, Zig Mintha and Jackie Agnew. The candidates for councilor are Kayla Desjardins, Merv Buckwald, Kimberly Lehman, Kelly Reinert (Lavigne), John Epps, Tim Schison, Jack Roesner, Shawn Henry, Tracey Sanderson and Brent Patrick.

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In Killaloe Hagarty and Richards, Mayor Janice Tiedje is again seeking re-election and is challenged by David Mayville. Ted Browne, Bil Smith and Mike Henry are in the running to represent Ward One. The Second Ward candidates are Maureen MacMillan, Carl Kuehl and Dave King. Ward three candidates are Brian Pecoskie, Steven Boyle, Harold Lavigne and Jenna McRae.

There is a two-way battle for mayor of Madawaska Valley between Mark Willmer and Roger Prince. The candidates for the four council seats are Helen Benn, Carl Bromwich, Joseph Olsheski, David Shulist, Mary Blank, Ernie Peplinski, Andrey Kaminski, Liz Woosey, Hanna Domagala and Shelley Maika.

Jack Kelly hopes to overthrow Michael Donohue as Mayor of Admaston Bromley. Kevin LeGris, Angela Field, Ken Keill, Keith Gourley, Brian Hamilton and Campbell Crogie are seeking one of four positions available on the board.

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In the town of Renfrew, Peter Emon has again been acclaimed as reeve, but five people are seeking to become mayor, namely Kathryn Windle, Michael Coulas, Sandi Heins, Tom Sidney and Callum Scott. In Horton Township, David Bennett returns as mayor, acclaimed to the post. Both Lisa McGee and Mike Defalco are seeking to unseat Walter Stack as mayor of the town of Arnprior, while Daniel Lynch and Ron Demmers have signed up as candidates to represent the municipality in the county. advice. McNabb/Braeside sees a three-way contest for mayor between Tom Peckett, Mark Mackenzie and Oliver Jacob. Both Brian Armsden and Lori Hoddinott are seeking the position of deputy mayor.

The Municipality of Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan sees a three-way contest for mayor between Valerie Jahn, Rick Clements and Andrea Budarick. Greater Madawaska has four candidates for mayor, Lucie Perrier, Debora Giffin, Jim Hemlin and Rob Weir.

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