The 2014 municipal election campaign is now underway. Access to all of the election coverage in the Frontenac News is gathered on this page. Below is a short description of each township in our distribution area and links to the candidates in each ward as well as Mayoralty candidates. Between September 20 and October 9, candidate profiles will be posted on this site, starting with South Frontenc and proceeding to North Frontenac, Addington Highlands, Tay Valley, and Lanark Highlands and ending with Central Frontenac.
On the right hand side of the page are links to articles about the election campaign as it unfolds.
(all meetings are sponsored by the Frontenac News except where indicated)
North Frontenac is the most remote of the Frontenac townships, made up of the former Palmerston – Canonto, Clarendon and Miller, and Barrie Townships. The township includes the headwaters of the Mississippi and Salmon river watersheds and extends north to the edge of the Madawaska river system. Much of the land in North Frontenac remains in the hands of the Crown and some of that land is managed by the townships as Frontenac Parklands, which is a popular summer camping destination on several of the marquee lakes in North Frontenac.
Mining and logging, as well as tourism, hunting and fishing are the historical industries in North Frontenac. It is designateds as a Dark Skies township by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and has a viewing pad in a central location of the township on Road 506
The largest hamlets in North Frontenac are Cloyne, Plevna and Ompah. The township has a small year round population, about 2,000, with up to 8,000 seasonal residents as well.
Stan Johnston was the first Mayor of North Frontenac. He served two three year terms (1998-2003). He was followed by Ron Maguire who served one three year and one four year term (2004-2010). bud Clayton was elected Mayor in 2010 and he served until he died suddenly just weeks ago.
North Frontenac Township will be using an electronic voting system for the second time during this election. Voting runs from October 20 until the 27th, when the votes will be tallied. Voters should be receiving a PIN number in the mail along with information about how to vote either by phone or computer. For further information contact the townwship at 613-479-2231 or go to Northfrontenac.com and click the council tab on the left-hand side, then click the election tab.
All candidates meetings already scheduled: Perth Road Village (Loughborough ward) on Septermber 17th at the United Church – Mayorality and trustee candidates as well as ward politicians.
Lions Hall in Verona (tentative) on Monday September 29 7:00 pm Portland ward, Mayorality and Trustee candidates.
Sydenham Legion on Monday, October 6, Loughborough ward, Mayorality and Trustee candidates 7:00 pm.
South Frontenac is the most populated of the Frontenac Townships. It was created in 1998 when Bedford, Loughborough, Portland, and Storrington townships amalgamated. It contains the highest valued agricultural land in Frontenac County and a numnber of hamlets on the rim of Kingston: Inverary, Battersea, Sydenham and Harrowsmith; as well as the more northern hamlets Verona and Perth Road. It also contains some of the premier Recreational Lakes in the County and is home to Frontenac Park and the Depot Lakes complex.
In its 16 year history, there have been only two Mayors of South Frontenac, Phil Leonard (1998-2006) and Gary Davison (2007-2014) With Davison not seeking re-election this time around, there will be a new Mayor elected. There are four wards in South Frontenac, with boundaries that are indentical to those of the founding townships, and two councillors are elected in each ward.
Voters in South Frontenac also elect school board representatives
South Frontenac Township will be using an electronic voting system for the second time during this election. Voting runs from October 20 until the 27th, when the votes will be tallied. Voters should be receiving a PIN number in the mail along with information about how to vote either by phone or computer. For further information contact the townwship at 613-376-3027 or go to Southfrontenac.net and look for the election tab under Town Hall in the top menu.
(Note: Two of the Districts, Storrington and Bedford, are not having council elections this time around because there are only two candidates nominated in each district. therefore Pat Barr and Alan Revill have been declared elected in Bedford and Ron Sleeth and Norm Roberts have been declared elected in Storrington. Bedford and Storrington residents will be voting for Mayor and school board trustees in the Limestone District Public School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic School Board)
Dates for all candidates meetings in Central Frontenac, presented by the Frontenac News, have been confirmed. They are: Wednesday, October 1 – Kennebec Ward – Kennebec Hall, Arden 7:00 pm; Thursday October 9, Piccadilly Hall Hinchinbrooke ward 7:00 pm; Thursday October 16, Olden ward, Olden Hall – Mountain Grove; 7:00 pm; October 20, Oso Ward, Soldiers Memorial Hall (Oso Hall) – Sharbot Lake 7:00 pm
Central Frontenacs was created in 1998 with the amalgamation of Kennebec, Olden, Oso, and Hinchinbrooke townships. Always a hunting, fishing and cottaging destination, the communities that make up the township, centred in Arden, Mountain Grove, Sharbot Lake, Parham and Tichborne, faced a transition in the laer part of the 20th Century as the agricultural, mining and railroading economies faded.
Small scale food production, service industries and residential usage (lakefront and rural) have taken up the slack. It is the home to Sharbot Lake Provincial Park.
There have been two Mayors in the 14 year history of Central Frontenac, Bill MacDonald (1998-2006) and Janet Gutowski (2007- ). Janet Gutowski is seekeing re-election for a third term this time around, and she is being contested by long time Council member Frances Smith. There are also at least four candidates for the two council posirions in each of the four wards in hte township, which follow the boundaries from the founding townships.
Central Frontenac voters also participate in trustee elections for public and separate school boards.
Central Frontenac Township will be using an electronic voting system for the first time during this election. Voting runs from October 20 until the 27th, when the votes will be tallied. Voters should be receiving a PIN number in the mail along with information about how to vote either by phone or computer. For further information contact the townwship at 613-279-1935 or go to Centralfrontenac.com and look for the election tab on the left-hand side of the page.
The northern most township in Lennox and Addington County, Addington Highlands is the amalgamation of two former townships, Denbigh and Kaladar. The township shares Highway 41 with Barrie ward of North Frontenac Township. It also shares a fire department and a major Provincial Park, Bon Echo Park. Most of Bon Echo is located in Addington Highlands, and the park the iconic Lake Mazinaw form the dividing line between the more populated Kaladar ward, with its four hamlets, Kaladar, Flinton, Northbrook, and Cloyne, and the spectacular landscape of Denbigh ward, with Mcchesney, Weslmkoon, Ashby and many other lakes. The mining, logging, and homesteading history of Addington Highlands is well documented in the Pioneer museum in Cloyne, which is located on the border with North Frontenac, as is North Addington Education Centre, which has a unique outdoor education centre on its 30 acre site.
The independent spirit of Addington Highlands has been the subject of academic research in recent years, headed by Robert Mclemon of the University of Ottawa, who has conducted a study of the impact of Climate Change on rural communities.
Henry Hogg was the first Reeve of Addington Highlands, serving from 1998 to 2003 before pulling back from municipal politics. Ken Hook, who had served as Deputy Reeve between 2001 and 2003, was then Reeve for the next three year term, ending in 2006. Hogg then returned to run successfully in 2006 and again in 2010. He is seeking a fifth term this time around and is being challenged by Gerald Brey. There will be no election in ward 2 (Kaladar), as Helen Yanch and Bill Cox, both incumbents, are the only candidates and have been acclaimed. There is a 4 way race for the two ward 1 (Denbigh) positions.
Addington Highlands Township will be using an electronic voting system for the third time during this election. Voting runs from October 20 until the 27th, when the votes will be tallied. Voters should be receiving a PIN number in the mail along with information about how to vote either by phone or computer. For further information contact the townwship at 613-336-2286 or go to Addingtonhighlands.ca and look for the Election 2014 tab at the far right hand side of the menu at the top of the page
Lanark Highlands is the largest municipality in Lanark County in terms of land mass, with 35% of the the total, but with 4,700 people it has the lowest population. The township's centre is the Village of Lanark, and among other former townships it includes the former township of North Sherbrooke, and the hamlets of Elphin and McDonalds Corners, Watson's Corners, Poland and Flower Station, and makes up ward 5 of the township
North Sherbrooke was a historic logging route for the great pine forests of the Mississipi river, and was settled in the early 19th century, decades before it's neighbouring communities in what is now North Frontenac.
Lanark Highlands uses a mail-in voting system. Residents should be receiving a voting package in the mail in short order. For further information about the election in Lanark Highlands, call the township office 613-259-2398 or go to Lanarkhighlands.ca, click on governance in the menu on the left wide of the page, then elections in the menu in the centre of the page
The Bathurst, Burgess & Sherbrooke Township was created in 1998 with the amalgamation of the former townships of Bathurst, North Burgess and South Sherbrooke. It was renamed Tay Valley Township in 2002, in recognition of the river that meanders across our landscape continuing its historic role of linking communities.
North Bathhurst and Burgess townships were settled in 1812, but South Sherbrooke was only surveyed in 1819 and settled later on, mostly with Irish and Scottish immigrants, who, unlike the settlers to the east, had to deal with the rocky canadian shield landscape. Maberly was the largest town in South Sherbrooke, including 5 mills, 5 stores, 2 churches and a te;ephone company in its heyday. The village continues to be a centre, with the Fairgrounds, Maberly Hall and Fall River Pub being focal points. The Tay Valley Choir and Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra's are based at the Maberly. South Sherbrooke has a large seasonal population on its many lakes as well as a number of rural subdivisions populated by permanent residents. A number of thriving farms continue to operate in the ward as well.
Kieth Kerr, who has been acclaimed this time around, will be serving his third consecutive term as Reeve. Mike Mosher preceded him.
Tay Valley Township will be using an electronic voting system for the third time during this election. Voting runs from October 20 until the 27th, when the votes will be tallied. Voters should be receiving a PIN number in the mail along with information about how to vote either by phone or computer. For further information contact the townwship at 613-267-5353 or go to Tayvalleytwp.ca, click on the Municipal Government tab on the right side at the top of the page, then navigate to the Election tab in the middle top of the menu that comes up.
Kieth Kerr - acclaimed