By Barb McKay
Kincardine council may have a candidate to fill its empty seat.
After a discussion last Wednesday, council decided the best way to fill the vacancy left by Ron Coristine is to approach the councillor-at-large candidate from the 2010 municipal election with the next highest number of votes. That person is Guy Anderson.
“I was given that opportunity when I started out in politics,” said councillor Randy Roppel. “If it’s good enough for me, it’s good enough for that person.”
Councillor Ken Craig suggested that the municipality contact
Mayor Larry Kraemer divulged that he had already done some investigating regarding filling the position.
“I took it upon myself to see if that person (Anderson) would be interested and they indicated that they would,” he said.
Reached by phone Thursday,
“I said, sure, why not,”
Aside from his past council experience,
Councillor Maureen Couture expressed concern about Kraemer having visited
“I don’t agree with someone approaching someone before it was brought to council,” she said. “I think that is inappropriate.”
Kraemer said anyone could have looked up the 2010 polls to see who the next eligible candidate is. He said one of his duties as mayor is to ensure the smooth operation of council.
“If I thought if there was an issue do you think I would speak to this group this way?” he asked.
“I disagree Larry,” Couture replied.
“Well that’s your opinion,” Kraemer said.
Deputy mayor Anne Eadie said she wasn’t influenced in any way.
“I firmly believe in democratic processes,” she said.
Roppel said all eligible candidates should have been approached about the vacancy.
“I ran my own process and I divulged it to you,” Kraemer said.
The appointment is expected to be approved at the May 7 council meeting and