Brockville Municipal Elections Take Off

The Municipal Elections are officially underway.

Interested residents now have until July 27 to throw their hat in the city council ring. The election is October 22, 2018, and people will be casting their vote for mayor, city councillors, and school board trustees.

There's one new face at the table, so far, with Willy Stevenson, the Do It For Aaron (DIFA) Festival founder, in the running.

Otherwise, residents will recognize at least one name running for Brockville City Council.

Current City Councillor Leigh Bursey was the first one on the form on Wednesday.

He says he encourages people to run and wants to hear more than just ideas about running city council like a business.

"I'm not saying a business (background) isn't necessary or that it isn't welcome at my table, I'm saying it can't be the only thing that's welcome at my table," says Busey. "We still need social activists; we need people with different opinions, different ideologies, and sometimes different life experiences. That's the only way we have a well-rounded community."

Bursey says in his third term he wouldn't change a lot, and this time around is about "staying the course.”

This time around Mayor David Henderson has set his sights on Queen's Park - but says should that bid fail he will consider running again. While Councillor David LeSueur says he will be taking some time to decide on his next council run for "personal reasons."

At the Upper Canada District School Board, Chair and Brockville Trustee Jeff McMillan has announced he will not be seeking reelection.

Nomination papers can be submitted to City Hall until July 27 at 2pm.