Ramara incumbents want to keep seats
Township election race set for Oct. 25 vote
By JENNIFER BURDEN THE ORILLIA PACKET & TIMES
All seven incumbents in Ramara Township want another crack at leading the municipality for the next four years.
Bill Duffy is running again for mayor in the upcoming municipal election being held on Oct. 25. He is being challenged by newcomer Mary Bax.
Deputy mayor incumbent Basil Clarke is vying for second in command, but has competition from Penny Copeland of Brechin.
After an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2006, Marilyn Brooks, who previously served as Ramara councillor for five terms, is running for the Ward 1 position. She lost to Duffy by 39 votes in the last election. She is up against incumbent Bill White.
Ward 2 has the largest number of the candidates running with four. Incumbent John O’Donnell is up against Joe Gough, who lost in 2006, Ernie Cleaveley and Gus Pilger.
Andy Benoit is challenging incumbent Erika Neher for the Ward 3 seat.
In Ward 4, incumbent John Appleby is facing newcomers Linda Kavanagh van Dyk and Roy David King for the council position.
Ward 5 incumbent Bill Kahler is being challenged by Jim Hopson.
For Ramara trustee of the Simcoe County District School Board, incumbent Jodi Lloyd is up against Richard Weese.
Vying for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are two newcomers, Lydia Reekie and Francis Smith.
Running for trustee of the French-Language Public District School Board, has Guy Belcourt and Eric Lapointe and for the French-Language Separate District School Board, Cindy Labas, Luc Gagnon, and Adrien Lamoureux.
In 2006, of the 12,355 eligible voters in Ramara Township, 5,076 voted (41.08%.)
The 2010 municipal election takes place on Oct. 25.