Drysdale to seek re-election

FORT FRANCES—With the nomination deadline now less than two weeks away, more nominees for the local municipal and school board elections are coming in.
Coun. Tannis Drysdale filed her nomination papers Friday, being the most recent addition to the list of those running for seats on town council.
That list also includes Coun. John Albanese, Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft, former Fort High teacher Andrew Hallikas, and former councillor and 2003 mayoral candidate Sharon Tibbs.
While they haven’t put their names in officially, the rest of the current councillors (Todd Hamilton and Neil Kabel) have stated their intention to run in the upcoming election.
In the mayors’ race, Mayor Dan Onichuk, who filed his nominations papers back in January, so far will be vying against Coun. Roy Avis, who officially declared his bid last month.
Meanwhile, Harold Huntley has put in his name to be a Fort Frances trustee on the Northwest Catholic District School Board while Dan Belluz filed his nomination forms for a seat as Fort Frances trustee on the Rainy River District School Board.
The Town of Fort Frances will continue to accept nominations until the Sept. 29 deadline.
These offices include mayor, six councillors, two Rainy River District School Board trustees, and three Northwest Catholic District School Board trustees, as well as one French language public school board trustee and one French language separate school board trustee for respective regional boards.
The election of a Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board seat for the unincorporated area of Rainy River Central also is being managed by Fort Frances election officials.
Nominations must be filed with clerk Glenn Treftlin or assistant returning officer Lori Pattison by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. The cost is $200 for mayor and $100 for all other offices.
Mail-in ballots will be sent out the week of Oct. 23, with election day being Monday, Nov. 13.
Municipal terms have been increased to four years from three by the province starting with this election.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)