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Three in race for mayor’s job

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Fort Frances Mayor Glenn Witherspoon will have to overcome two challengers in his bid for a third term next month.

Former town councillor Allan Bedard and Terry Johnson both filed nomination papers late last week to start their bids to unseat Mayor Witherspoon.

Meanwhile, 12 people are vying for the six council seats up for grabs here, including incumbents Deane Cunningham, Neil Kabel, Bill Martin, and Sharon Tibbs.

They’re being challenged by Roy Avis, Dave Bourgeault, Struchan Gilson, Cécile Lavigne, former town councillor Gus Lindberg, Julian Morelli, Sybil Mowe, and Tom Piotrowski.

Incumbents Bruce Armstrong and George Blanc did not seek re-election.

In other news, incumbents Larry Cousineau and Doug McCaig are seeking re-election to the two seats on the local Public Utilities Commission, with Dean Quinn also entering the race last week.

Glenn Treftlin, town clerk and local returning officer for the municipal election, said unless a candidate somehow disqualified him or herself, all names would be on the ballot Nov. 10.

Each candidate now must open a separate bank account designated specifically for campaign funds, and will be required to submit a statement as to where the dollars came from and how they were spent.

But what Treftlin doesn’t know is what staffing numbers will be for the 29 regular polling stations—to be located at 10 different sites throughout town.

Each location must have a minimum of one deputy returning officer, and each poll must have at least one polling clerk.

“I have $25,000 budgeted for the election," Treftlin noted. "[And] I expect it will come within budget.”

Those not on the voters’ list have until the close of polls at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 to be included. Forms can be obtained from Treftlin, with those wishing to be added required to show proof of voting eligibility.

Advance polls will be held Nov. 1 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

Treftlin added more information—such as voting by proxy—will be published in the newspaper as the election date draws closer.

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