During the regular meeting of the Council of Mayors for the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent on August 9, all of the mayors present were directly asked: “Do you intend to declare your candidacy for mayor in the municipal elections on November 5?”
An affirmative answer was quickly delivered by the Mayor of Sainte-Barbe and MRC Prefect, Ms. Louise Lebrun. She was first elected in Sainte-Barbe in 2009, and again in 2013 by acclamation. Louise Lebrun will therefore be seeking a third term in office as Mayor of Sainte-Barbe.
In turn, the other mayors affirmed their intention to seek a new mandate in the November elections. This includes Mr. Gilles Dagenais, Mayor of Saint-Chrysostome since 2008, Mr. Chrystian Soucy, Mayor of Ormstown since 2014, Ms. Jean Armstrong, Mayor of Dundee since 2002, Mr. Pierre Poirier, Mayor of Godmanchester since 1999, Mr. Denis Henderson, Mayor of Havelock since 2005, Ms. Carolyn Cameron, Mayor of Hinchinbrooke since 2013, Richard Raithby, Mayor of Howick since 2013, and Mr. André Brunette, Mayor of Huntingdon since 2013.
Only the Mayor of Franklin, Ms. Suzanne Yelle-Blair, who has held the post since 2005, suggested she was still reflecting on her candidacy. In addition, Mr. François Rochefort of Très-Saint-Sacrement and Mr. Alain Castagner of Saint-Anicet, have already announced they will be retiring from municipal politics at the end of their current term. Absent from the meeting was Ms. Deborah Stewart, who has served as Mayor of Elgin since 2009.
General elections at the municipal level will take place throughout Quebec in 2017. The position of mayor, as well as all municipal council seats, are up for election. Those wishing to run for a position on a municipal council will be able to do so from September 22 to October 6, at their municipal Town Hall.
As it is the citizens who make up the municipality, it will be up to them to decide on November 5th who they want to represent them for the next four years.
Denise St-Germain, Volunteer Correspondent for the Haut-Saint-Laurent
Translated by Sarah Rennie, Volunteer Correspondent for the Haut-Saint-Laurent
Lise Guinard, photographer