Huron County warden’s race gears up for December election

HEATHER BOA Bullet News GODERICH – The debate over extending the warden’s term to two years after the next election has spilled into the election ring, as incumbent Bernie MacLellan and George Robertson make their bids for election as Huron County’s top councillor.

Bernie MacLellan. File photo.

In a race MacLellan defines as “neck and neck,” he has been told by some county councillors they won’t vote for him next month because they’re not in favour of a councillor serving more than a single one-year term as head of county council.

“There are some people on council who openly don’t like the idea of a two-year term and there are some people who think it’s a good idea. That seems to be the dividing line,” said MacLellan, who is also mayor of the Municipality of Huron East.

Robertson, who is also mayor of the Municipality of South Huron, said he’s “been getting some good vibes so far.”

He hopes all the councillors who have promised to vote for him will come through on election day.

George Robertson. File photo.

“If it happens, that’s a good thing. If it doesn’t, I’m not going to die over it,” he said.

In an annual tradition, councillors will vote by secret ballot at the inaugural council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, before a swearing in ceremony and selection of councillors to serve on boards and committees.

As early as September, the candidates began making the rounds of council members in an attempt to win their votes.

Earlier this year, county councillors approved a plan to extend the warden’s term from one year to two after the municipal election in October 2014, as recommended in a recent report on county governance by George B. Cuff and Associates Ltd. It was just one of 64 recommendations for change in the way the county is administered.

Nov. 7 council held a public meeting, as required under the Municipal Act before passing a bylaw to change the warden’s term and later that approved the new term in a recorded vote of 9 to 6. One councillor was absent, but wrote a letter to council objecting to the two-year term.

Written by on November 15, 2012 in Communities, Politics - 2 Comments

2 Comments on "Huron County warden’s race gears up for December election"

  1. K.John Hazlitt November 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm · Reply

    As I have already said, it is time for the Warden of Huron County to be elected at large. What seems to be the problem with this. Is there a County Councillor ready and prepared to answer?

  2. brian j barnim November 16, 2012 at 1:53 pm · Reply

    There will be no warden at large as long as the current self-serving County Council remains in power. Reading the Bullet News that Mayor Shewfelt is throwing his hat in the ring already is exactly why there needs to be “term” limits. The “Old Boys” club did a good job in this term recruiting and converting. As for Councillor Robertson suggesting that he should be OK as long as he can trust the Councillors to support him that said they would, may I remind you this is a secret ballot vote with all ballots being destroyed immediately following the counting of the ballots. I guess if you feel you have fifty per cent plus one now and you end up losing there may be a possibility that you could not “trust” your fellow Councillors. Lets see what December brings besides Christmas.

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