More nominees step forward

FORT FRANCES—With the nomination deadline in less than three weeks, more nominees for the local municipal and school board elections are coming in.
Coun. John Albanese filed his nomination papers Friday, joining the list of those running for seats on town council.
That list so far includes Andrew Hallikas, a former Fort High teacher and long-time local rep with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, and former councillor and 2003 mayoral candidate Sharon Tibbs.
While they haven’t put their names in officially, all of the current councillors 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 put in his name Friday to be a Fort Frances trustee on the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
Dan Belluz filed his nomination forms for a seat as Fort Frances trustee on the Rainy River District School Board a couple of weeks ago.
Anyone interested in running for mayor, council, or the two 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, 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)