Bruce Bryan is the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands new mayor after accumulating 2,014 votes against incumbent Frank Kinsella who had just 1,586 votes.
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Bruce Bryan is the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands new mayor after accumulating 2,014 votes against incumbant Frank Kinsella who had just 1,586 votes.
Bryan looked shellshocked and said it was a long-hard road, knocking on doors in the township during his campaign.
“I’m thrilled,” said the former reeve of the Rear of Leeds and Lansdowne, who served two terms as deputy mayor and many other as a councillor during the 1980s, says roads are his main priority. “I want to thank so many people for their support.”
Kinsella’s supporters teared up as they hugged the outgoing mayor.”I’m not surprised,” Kinsella said. “The people have spoken. We took the the township in one direction and they now want to go in a different direction.”
Kinsella thanked his supporters and was the first to congratulate the new mayor.
Dennis Reid came in with 368 votes as 40 per cent of the township turned out for this year’s election.
Wendy Merkley earned the only seat in Ward 3, who beat out Andrew Hodge, 439 votes to 196.
In Ward 2, it was incumbent Velma Kelsey leading the votes with 690 and Brigitte Lesage-Tye with 682 votes to claim the second seat, upsetting incumbent Charlie Kellington who had 615 votes and Joe Tye with 279 votes.
In Ward 1, it was newcomer Heidi Connaroe won with 1,327 votes to lead the pack. Harold Emmons was second with 1,094 votes and Tom Lawler gets the third and final chair with 993 votes. Getting voted out were Geri Dickson, with 908 votes and Robert Jeffs was fifth with 899 votes.
The public school board trustee elected was John McAllister with 1,630 votes who beat out incumbent Dave Dargie with 1,306 votes.