How to fill a vacant council seat? appointment or by-election. That’s the decision council could make tonight to fill the vacancy of former councillor and now the Sault’s new MP, Terry Sheehan. Meanwhile, the ward 2 candidate that place third in the ward of last year’s municipal election. John Duke, wants the seat however a technicality of filing his election statements late may have some consequences. Duke penned the following letter to council and city clerk Malcolm White.
Dear Mr. White and members of Council:
Please accept this letter as information regarding my inadmissibility to run for, or be appointed to, Council, due to the late filing of my campaign financial statements.
Due to an email sent by the Clerk’s office on November 20, 2014, I believed that financial statements were not required to be filed with the City until Friday the 27th of March 2015 by 4:30 p.m.
I realized after speaking with Mr. White that the documents were to be filed by 2 p.m. on said date and I accept responsibility for my error.
The matter regarding my financial statements is being brought before the court on Thursday, November 26, 2015 with the intention of compelling the City to accept said statements.
I hope that you will take this into consideration when you make your recommendation to Council regarding options for filling the seat vacated by Terry Sheehan in Ward 2.
I look forward to the opportunity to run should a by-election be held or to be appointed should that be the decision of Council. Should an appointment be recommended by Council, I request that you reserve said decision until after the 26th of November 2015.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter.