McKenzie, Smith to run for municipal council
By Sue Tiffin
Published June 26, 2018
Nominations for council continue to trickle in with a new candidate and an incumbent throwing their proverbial hats into the ring for Dysart and Highlands East councils.
In Highlands East, current Ward 1 Councillor Cam McKenzie is running again for the position, which covers the Bicroft area. McKenzie is the chair of the recreation and culture committee and housing and grants committee.
John Smith, a resident of Kennisis Lake, registered last week for the Ward 4 councillor position in Dysart. Aaron Walker has also filed his nomination for the spot. It is currently held by Susan Norcross.
Smith has lived in the area as a seasonal resident since 2002, and retired full-time here in 2016. He has been a board member for the Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners’ Association since 2015, as well as a member of the board of Abbey Gardens from 2015 to 2016. He currently chairs the Community Advisory Committee at Haliburton Highlands Health Services. He was school trustee in Etobicoke for three terms.
“Going forward,” reads his press release, “Smith sees maintaining our healthy lakes and forests as the most important challenge in Dysart. As a first step, he would like to see the local government place a greater focus on educating property owners about what they can do to make a difference.”
At press time, the following candidates had filed their papers for nomination for the 2018 municipal election according to an unofficial list of candidates kept on the municipal websites.
In Dysart et al:
Mayor: Murray Fearrey (incumbent), Andrea Roberts
Deputy Mayor: Dennis Casey, Patrick Kennedy
Councillor, Ward 1: Nancy Wood-Roberts (incumbent)
Councillor, Ward 2: David McKay
Councillor, Ward 3: Cindy Baumhour, Tammy Donaldson (incumbent)
Councillor, Ward 4: John Smith, Aaron Walker
Councillor, Ward 5: Walt McKechnie (incumbent), Glenn Scott
In Highlands East:
Mayor: Dave Burton (incumbent)
Councillor, Ward 1: Cam McKenzie (incumbent)
Councillor, Ward 2: Suzanne Partridge (incumbent)
Councillor, Ward 3: Cec Ryall (incumbent)
Haliburton resident Gary Brohman is looking to retain the English public school board trustee spot while Diane Burns of Tweed intends to run for the French public school board trustee position.
The deadline to file as a candidate for October’s municipal elections is Friday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
Election day will be held on Oct. 22. Unofficial lists of candidates are being updated daily in election sections of municipal websites.