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Monday August 26th, 2013

Posted at 8:49pm

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Windsor City Council will appoint someone to fill a vacant city councillor seat in ward seven.

Council was faced with three choices: to hold a by-election, to appoint someone, or to appoint the runner-up from the last election.  Four delegates spoke before members of council in favour of an election, while none spoke in favour of appointing someone.

Questions from city council centered around timelines, and how fast the election could take place, and how quickly the seat could be filled.

A motion was put forward by Councillor Bill Marra to hold a by-election, with the nomination date for September 13th and an election will be held 45 days later on October 28th.  The motion failed.

A second motion was then put on the table by Councillor Joanne Gignac to appoint someone to the vacant seat after with consultation from the community for nominations.  That motion also failed.

A third motion was to appoint the runner-up from the last election, Angelo Marignani, to fill the vacant seat, which also did not pass.

Another motion to hold a by-election with a nomination date of October 25th and an election date of December 9th was put on the floor and also failed.

In the interests in deciding whether to go the by-election route or the appointment route, Councillor Gignac made a motion to appoint. The motion was approved by council.

Council now has 60 days to appoint someone.

The current term of council ends next year.  The general election is on October 27th, 2014 and the new council is sworn in on November 30th, 2014.

The council seat was vacated when Percy Hatfield won the August 1st provincial by-election to represent Windsor-Tecumseh for the NDP.  Hatfield officially resigned from Council on August 13th.

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