Hallikas, Tibbs file to run for council

FORT FRANCES—With the nomination deadline still a month away, the local municipal election race already is starting to take shape with more nominees stepping forward.
Andrew Hallikas, a former Fort High teacher and long-time Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation rep, filed his nomination papers to run for council last Wednesday.
Then on Friday, former councillor and 2003 mayoral candidate Sharon Tibbs put in her name to run for council.
She previously served on council for 12 years (1991-2003).
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 Wednesday morning.
As reported in last week’s Times, most of the current council have said they’re likely to run again, with only Coun. Tannis Drysdale saying she still was undecided.
As of this morning, no one has filed papers to run to be Fort Frances trustees on the Rainy River District School Board nor the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
Anyone interested in running for mayor, council, or the school boards must file their papers with Clerk Glenn Treftlin at the Civic Centre prior to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.
Mail-in ballots will be sent out in October. Election day is Monday, Nov. 13.
Municipal terms have been increased to four years from three by the province starting with this election.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)