Hamilton to run for council

With the deadline to file nomination papers for the position of mayor and councillor in November’s municipal election still more than a month away, only a couple people have stepped forward so far.
The most recent is Todd Hamilton, who officially threw his hat in the ring Monday to run for council.
“My wife [Jody] and I have discussed it. I think it’s time,” Hamilton said this morning. “We discussed this three years ago, before the last election. But my children were young and I had to take a good look at my priorities.
“Now, they’re seven and four, and I think I’ll be able to handle the time commitment,” he added.
Hamilton, president and general manager of Lakeland Personnel, said he’d like to see more new faces step forward to run for council.
“Deane Cunningham, Glenn Witherspoon, Neil Kabel, and the others—they’ve been dedicated to serving the community for over a decade,” he remarked. “I think its time my generation comes forward to take Fort Frances into the future.”^Just who will be running alongside him isn’t a 100 percent clear.
Couns. Neil Kabel and Struchan Gilson have said they definitely will be running again while Coun.
Roy Avis had said last week he’s undecided.
Both Couns. Deane Cunningham and Sharon Tibbs may run for either mayor or council. Only Coun. Dave Bourgeault has said he will not seek re-election in November.
As previously reported, only Dan Onichuk officially has declared he would run to succeed Mayor Glenn Witherspoon as mayor in November.
Mayor Witherspoon had announced July 20 that he won’t be seeking a fifth term.
Anyone interested in running for mayor or council must file their papers with Clerk Glenn Treftlin at the Civic Centre prior to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.
Election day is Nov. 10. Mail-in ballots will be sent out in October.