Sault Ste. Marie council decided Monday night that a by-election will be the route to go to fill the vacant seat left empty by Terry Sheehan who was elected the Sault’s MP in the October 19th federal election.
Council voted unanimously to hold a by-election instead of appointing someone to fill the seat.
John Duke, who place third in the 2014 Municipal election in ward 2 was in attendance. Duke was late filing his election expenses. Candidates who do not file election expenses are barred from running in the next election. Duke however did file his expenses, albeit a few hours past the deadline last March 27. He explained that it was a misunderstanding stating that an e-mail sent by the city clerk’s office said 4:30pm and not 2pm – which was the deadline.
Council accepted that explanation, allowing Duke to run in the by-election. Council decided the by-election will be held February 1st, 2016. The cost will be approximately $48,000.
Meanwhile, candidates are coming out of the woodwork to file their nominations. Susan Milne announced her intent to run via facebook Monday night. Andy Martens, Derek Crowell and David Poluck have all indicated their intentions to run.
Poluck issued a release Tuesday morning. “This morning I followed up on my action of November 1st of announcing my intention to run as a municipal candidate for Ward 2.” Poluck wrote.
“I strongly believe that active participation leads to positive results. My experience not only for 29 years as the owner operator of Northern Jeweller/ Luraygems.com but also as an organizer of the Sault Association of Ratepayers has taught me the importance and potentials and long term benefits that community partnerships can achieve.”
Those interested in running can file their nominations up to December 18.