With the nomination period now closed for the upcoming Bracebridge Municipal election, it is a dash to the October 22nd vote day.
It is a two-candidate race for the top spot of Mayor, with incumbent Graydon Smith looking for his third straight term. Councillor Lori-Lynn Giaschi-Pacini is taking him on head-to-head, bringing 12 years of council experience, winning her first elected seat in 2006.
There are three spots open for District Councillor, with Don Smith, Steven Clement, Rick Maloney and Rick Hallam set to answer who the odd man out will be.
The biggest race appears to be in the Macaulay Ward with four candidates looking for one position. Andrew Struthers, Tom Young, Paul Everitt and Ruthann Cook will no doubt be conducting some heavy campaigning over the next three months to convince voters who to choose.
Archie Buie and Barb McMurray do not have to worry about campaigning as they were acclaimed in the Draper and Oakley Wards respectively.
Bracebridge Registered Candidates
Mayor (1 position)
Graydon Smith *
District Councillor (3 positions)
Councillor – Bracebridge Ward (1 position)
Councillor – Monck/Muskoka Ward (1 position)
Councillor – Macaulay Ward (1 position)
Councillor – Draper Ward (1 position) – Acclaimed
Councillor – Oakley Ward (1 position) – Acclaimed
Barb McMurray *
District Chair – District Municipality of Muskoka (1 position)
Trustee – Trillium Lakelands District School Board (1 position)
Trustee – Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board – Ward 4 (1 position)
Trustee – Conseil Scolaire Public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario – Zone A (1 position)
Trustee – Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir – #64 (1 position)