Municipal elections happen every 4 years, occurring this October, to determine the positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Springwater and in this coming election, for the ward councillors for wards 1,3,4 and 5. Congratulations to Perry Ritchie, who was acclaimed as Ward 2 councillor, for his third term. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor also sit on Simcoe County Council and help make decisions about the running of the County, which affects Springwater residents in significant ways. There are 9 weeks until the advance voting by internet and phone starts and 10 weeks until voting occurs at the polling stations on October 22, 2018.
In the 2014 Springwater election, of the 15,233 qualified Springwater voters, 6,475 or 42.5% actually voted. This was up from 38.8% in 2010. Of those who voted, 63% voted in advance of election day, using the internet or phone voting and 37% voted at the polls on voting day. There will again be voting by internet or the phone, starting October 12th.
I suggest you look thoroughly at the actual accomplishments of each of those who are running again for office. See if they have a website that clearly sets out what they initiated and what they accomplished over the last four years, compared to what they claimed they would accomplish, and evaluate their goals and platform for the next four years if they get elected. Don’t get caught up with rumours and innuendo. Check for the facts. If the candidate has not contacted you, then contact them to have a face-to-face meeting to discuss ideas and positions. For those who are running for office for the first time, research the actual job experience they have had and judge whether you think it will directly and meaningfully contribute to them doing the best job as councillor to represent you.
Deputy Mayor – Don Allen