Voters have a job ahead of them in the RM of Wallace-Woodworth. Not only are there six new names on the Ward ballots, a vote for LUD committee in Kenton, but with Reeve Denis Carter retiring from head of council there is strong interest for the top job.
And if that’s not enough, there will also be a separate plebiscite at the polls regarding the sale of marijuana products within the rural municipality. (More on that story in an upcoming week.)
Making a run for reeve of the municipality, two existing councillors are looking to take on head of council responsibilities: Clayton Canart and Sandy Heaman. A third candidate, Vince Heaman, last served as reeve two terms earlier, so all candidates have council experience.
Also strongly contested are positions for Ward 1 and Ward 2.
Murray Routledge is stepping down in Ward 1 (Kenton/Harding/Lenore area).
The ward requires two council positions. Val Caldwell is looking for votes to continue. Darren Good, Diana MacDonald and Rodney Pearn are new candidates, putting four on that ballot.
Ward 2 covers the rural area around Virden and west to the Saskatchewan border. Five names are on the ballot for three council positions: incumbents Rea Kinnaird and Barb Stambuski along with candidates Mark Humphries, Greg Penner and Adam Bajus.
Bajus returns after a four-year rest from council. Humphries originally applied for the reeve position, but has switched his run to a council position.
For Elkhorn, Denis Lachapelle is the sole nominee.
Local Urban District members are not voting positions, but are important committees for decision-making in their centres.
For Elkhorn LUD Levin Tutthill continues. Corinne Nesbitt has stepped down and Riley Brennand has stepped up, so no election there.
For Kenton LUD, a vote is required, with Gerry Nolan is stepping down. On the ballot, Bob Good is the running incumbent along with two new names: Dennis Hemrica and Robert Lake.