St. Marys Journal Argus
St. Marys Mayor Steve Grose will seek a second term in the 2014 municipal election set for Monday, Oct. 27.
The nomination period for municipal elections across Ontario — including municipal councils and school boards — opened on Thursday, Jan. 2. While Grose has not yet officially filed his nomination papers at St. Marys Town Hall, he told the Journal Argus late last week that he intends to do so soon.
Grose was first elected in 2010, in his first shot at elected office. He defeated long-serving incumbent Jamie Hahn by a margin of approximately 800 votes.
The nomination period for the Oct. 27 election runs through Sept. 12. A filing fee of $200 is required when submitting nomination papers for mayor of St. Marys; the filing fee is $100 for all other offices.
One person who will not join Grose on the mayoralty ballot will be current Councillor Lynn Hainer. That’s because Hainer will seek re-election for her second term as one of six Town councillors. She was the first candidate to file nomination papers at the Town Hall, filling out the required forms and dropping off her filing fee on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
“There are so many large — financial and community building — decisions in infrastructure improvements such as bridges, water, wastewater, roads — including the downtown core — that I want to see through in the next term,” Hainer said in an email message.
She noted she “very much enjoy(s her) role on Council and I hope residents will allow me to continue to serve.”
Other current St. Marys councillors were also contacted by the Journal Argus, but they were not yet ready to declare their intentions.
Stephen McCotter admitted he’s “really thinking a lot about it right now,” while Don Van Galen explained that “it’s too early for that decision for me.” And Tony Winter made it clear that no one will know his intentions for quite some time.
“You’ll know five minutes before the deadline,” the veteran councillor and one-time mayor smiled. “I’ve traditionally been that way, and I guess I’ll continue to go that route.”