Oro-Medonte residents are entitled to vote for DM and Ward 2 rep – they should be allowed to do so
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The following statement has been released by the AWARE Simcoe board of directors:
Having transparency and accountability in government as the first item in its mission statement, AWARE Simcoe shares the growing concern of Oro-Medonte residents that the remaining members of Council might consider replacing their tragically deceased colleagues Scott Macpherson and Scott Jermey by appointment rather than election.
While appointment might be appropriate if the next municipal election was imminent, given that it is not due until October 2022, we believe appointment would constitute an affront to democracy. We therefore support the view that a decision of such consequence and duration should be made by the electorate through the convening of a by-election.
Election is the proper way for a member of council to be chosen, by those on whose behalf they will be making decisions, namely the residents.
Finally, the cost of a by-election is money well spent. This is a key decision that will affect Oro-Medonte residents over the next three years as well as into the future. Residents are entitled to make that decision. It’s a right that should not be taken away.
Here’s what happened: