Date Set for Ward 7 By-Election
The City of Windsor will hold the Ward 7 by-election on Monday April 27th.
A special meeting of council was held on Monday to approve the bylaw to move forward.
Mayor Drew Dilkens anticipates strong interest in the council seat that became vacant when Irek Kusmierczyk was elected as the Liberal MP for Windsor-Tecumseh this past fall.
"People will be looking at this riding and looking at whether or not they're interested and I would expect we would probably have between five and 10 people come forward saying that they're interested in putting their names on the ballot."
According to Dilkens, Ward 7 residents haven't by shy in bringing forward concerns even though there isn't a councillor in the seat.
"People know that the Mayor is also elected by people in every ward throughout the city so people are never shy who have problems or issues or opinions, to express those opinions," he says. "They call our office, certainly send e-mails and we respond to our constituents throughout the city, including Ward 7, the best that we can do."
Dilkens says with an April by-election, it allows for a "fair" nomination period.
"Get out there, have conversations with the residents, it will push that conversation well into March and of course into the beginning of April as well when it gets much nicer," he says. "The by-election and the advanced voting won't happen until after Easter," Dilkens adds. "So you'll have a chance for most of the folks who are away for the winter to come back and actually figure out who the candidates are before they cast their vote."
The nomination period opens today (Tuesday) and closes on March 13th at 2pm.
City staff has set aside $120,000 to cover the cost of the by-election, with the funds coming from reserves.
— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi