UXBRIDGE: A crowded field has emerged in the upcoming municipal by-election for the vacant Ward 3 seat on Council.
Nominations for the position, which was vacated after Councillor Pat Mikuse passed away this summer, closed at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, with two more names entering the fray.
Mike Whiston and Dave Barton rounded out the field when they filed their nomination papers with the Clerk’s Department late last week. They bring the total number of candidates in contention for the seat to eight.
They join a crowded field for the Nov. 23 by-election that already included Bob Harrison, Bev Northeast, Dave Granic, John Haddock, Lynn Klages and Ted Eng. Ahead of last week’s nomination deadline, former School Board Trustee Gord Baxter withdrew from the race.
Next week, the Uxbridge Cosmos is hosting an All Candidates forum for Ward 3, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, starting at 7 p.m. at the Sandford Community Hall.
Township Elections Assistant Lauren Orav recently told The Standard that Ward 3 residents will receive their ballots later this month, after they are mailed on Tuesday, Oct. 20. As well, the last day for voters to mail their ballots in to ensure they are counted is Monday, Nov. 9. Ballots can also be dropped off in person at Town Hall, located at 51 Toronto St. South until election day on Monday, Nov. 23.
Ward 3 is the largest ward in the township in terms of area. It stretches from north of Davis Dr. from Conc. 5 over to Lakeridge Rd. and north to Ravenshoe Rd., as well as from Wagg Rd. north to Davis Dr. between Conc. 3 and Conc. 5. However, it is also the most sparsely populated of Uxbridge’s five wards.
Additional information on the Ward 3 by-election, can be found on the township’s web site at www.town.uxbridge.on.ca.