October 24, 2018

Interesting election in North Bay

Cool photo capture of me being interviewed Monday night at North Bay City Hall by Clarke Heipel of YourTV before the municipal polls were reported.

It caught the exact moment the scroll text stated something about East Ferris, where I live and vote. It was likely explaining that the new mayor, former deputy mayor Pauline Rochefort, was acclaimed. That's why voter turnout was down to 30%. 

I was in North Bay to photograph Duchesnay Falls and the Lake Nipissing sunset at North Bay's Kinsmen Beach and raced back to vote and eat before returning for this interview.

It was a relatively close mayoral race in North Bay between two-term incumbent Al McDonald and new municipal candidate Gary Gardiner. Former deputy mayor Sheldon Forgette placed a distant third but attracted just enough votes to take Gardiner out of the running.

McDonald won with 49% of the vote while Gardiner garnered 40%, which is neck-and-neck compared to past races for City Hall's fifth floor office.

Many are hoping it serves as a wake-up call for McDonald to take heed that a good chunk of the city isn't, at this point in time, behind him and there needs to be a little bit more attention paid to the concerns outlined in Gardiner's platform.

As for the council featuring five incumbents, four new faces and a former councillor returning to the fold, that's an interesting collection of personalities.

More about that to come ...


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