With less than a week to go before nominations for the Oct. 24 municipal elections close on Sept. 18, there are now enough registered candidates council canddiatrs to make an election possible, provided no one woithdraws their candidacy.
The four newest registrants are Bryan Young, Paul Henri Beck, Jeff Fountain and Tim Gibson. They join Adey Adeyemi, Rita Werstroh, Andre Proulx, Godfrey Buhagiar as neophyte council candidates, and possibly Saima Aziz, who had not yet decided whether she was running for school board or council, as well as incumbent Coun. Blake Elllis, the only current member of council to have officially registered as a candidate as of 4 p.m Sept. 10. Former United Steelworkers Local 6166 president Les Ellsworth is also believed to be intending to run for elected office in October.
Coun. Dennis Foley is the only one of the current councillors who has confirmed that he will not be seeking re-election, though none of the others apart from Ellis have confirmed that they will be seeking another term either.
Current Coun. Penny Byer is so far Thompson’s only aspiring mayoral candidate seeking to replace Mayor Dennis Fenske, who is not seeking re-election.