PARRY SOUND - On Monday David Conn was re-elected as mayor of Seguin Township.
In the company of friends, family and supporters, Conn, now entering his third consecutive term as mayor, hosted a casual gathering at his Orrville home Monday evening as the final votes of the 2010 municipal election were cast.
“Running a campaign is time consuming and a lot of hard work, and these folks really are terrific,” he said of the good company.
As soon as election results were tallied at 8:30 p.m., a phone rang and the highly anticipated results were read aloud: Conn won by 806 votes over mayoral candidate Mark Stivrins, according to unofficial results.
Elsewhere in the township, tight races in Wards 1 and 6 ended in defeat for incumbents Susan Adams and Brian Sturgeon, who will be replaced by Rod Osborne and Jack Hepworth respectively at in early December.
As Osborne was campaigning, he identified a strong discontent among electors over a lack of representation.
“They didn’t feel like they were being properly represented on council,” he said.
“People were quite verbal about that.”
Incumbent Councillor Alex Chidley, arguably the most outspoken and controversial councillor in Seguin, edged out opponents Dale E. Graves and Bill Pocock in Ward 1, but congratulated them for honest campaigning nonetheless.
With another term, Chidley is vying for more democracy.
“It’s never democratic when it’s 6-1, 6-1, 6-1,” he said about, what he perceives to be, the ratio of votes on council.
“That’s not democracy.”
Alex Chidley, arguably the most outspoken and controversial councillor in Seguin, edged out two opponents in Ward 1.
Swept the polls
Present at Conn’s home on Monday evening was incumbent Councillor Doug Sainsbury, who swept the polls with a landslide victory in Ward 4, where he overpowered opponent Ronald L. Steele with 396 votes to 86.
In terms of policy, Sainsbury said he didn’t notice much of a difference between previous and newly elected councillors, but admitted to have miscalculated the atmosphere in Ward 3.
“Obviously there’s some discontent there,” he said.
Conn wasn’t totally surprised with the results, but said that having a wise council and a talented team of staff were critical in running and managing the township, essentially a large corporation.
“You also have to have a vision,” he said.
“You’ve got to know where you’re going, and you’ve got know how you’re going to get there.”
Although the political landscape on council has shifted, Conn’s own platform remains unchanged: the environment, tax value and working with other townships for controlled growth are all priorities, he explained.
“We’re going to continue focusing on maintaining the momentum we have,” he said.
Having experienced victory for a third straight term, Sainsbury revealed that this election would likley be his last.
Looking back over the past seven years, he said the township had flourished under Mayor Conn’s leadership.
“I think it’s his business acumen, his discipline that he brings to the staff in the township and also the council,” he said.
“I’m very supportive of him.”
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