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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Augustyn, Rybiak file nomination papers BY WAYNE CAMPBELL

for the VOICE The 2014 municipal election isn’t until Monday, Oct. 27, but two Pelham candidates have filed their nomination papers after the opening of the nomination period on Jan. 2. Mayor Dave Augustyn will seek re-election as will Ward 1 Coun. Richard Rybiak. The nomination period remains open until Friday, Sept. 12 with certification announced on Sept. 15. Candidates can file their papers any time during the period. Typically most wait until the spring or summer to file. “I am humbled and very appreciative of the encouragement of so many people to continue my service as Mayor and Regional Councillor for Pelham,” said Augustyn. “Since my family and I have taken this encouragement to heart and have decided to continue my service, I thought it appropriate to let people know as early as possible; I did the same in January 2010.”

The mayor is seeking his third term. He was elected to a three-year term in 2007. In 2010, the provincial government increased the term of municipal councils to four years. “Just like the last election, leadership will be a key issue,” Augustyn said. “I intend to keep working together with people to continue to improve Pelham and Niagara.” For Rybiak, this will be his first regular election

campaign. He was elected to Ward 1, which includes Fenwick and western Pelham, in a byelection in 2011. It followed the resignation of Debbie Urbanowicz, who had been re-elected to the seat in 2010. He will also be running in a ward with new boundaries. The town’s three wards were redrawn last year to balance population and prepare for future housing devel-

opments in East Fonthill. Each ward has two representatives. Rybiak filed now to confirm his position. “I have been asked by a number of people in the ward over the past few months if I will be running in 2014, and I told them that I would be,” he said, “so registering right away is my way of confirming what I have already committed to doing, and communicating

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it more generally.” Key issues he sees facing council in the next few months are East Fonthill development planning, resolution of a long-standing recreation centre issue, retention of the Maple Acre library in Fenwick, and, the design and execution of the downtown Fenwick revitalization project. Ward 1 Coun.  James Lane said he will run but does not plan to file until later. Council appointed him to his seat last month after the resignation of Larry Clark, who was elected in 2010. “It is my intention to run in the fall election, however I am in no hurry to file my papers,” he said. “It is only January and many things can happen before October.” Lane ran in the 2010 election and the byelection. Ward 3 Coun. John Durley, who has served on council for 10 years, similarly said he will run in October. “I am seriously considering standing for a position on the 2014-2018 council See Election (Page 5)

The Voice of Pelham, January 8, 2014  
The Voice of Pelham, January 8, 2014  

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