Nine candidates in running for seven council seats; only two incumbents
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Harry Strong is mayor of the Town of Old Perlican.
Longtime municipal leader Harry Strong is stepping away from the limelight in the Town of Old Perlican.
Strong has served as the town's mayor since 2009.
He previously served as mayor for two terms, but took some time away from council from 1997-2009.
Altogether, he has been involved in municipal politics for 26 years.
"It's time to move on," said Strong of his decision.
Strong is not the only member of the current council not seeking re-election.
Others include councillors Thomas Mills, Dr. G. Nel, Rosalyn Cram and Roland Strong.
With five new positions opening up, it ensures a dramatic shake-up around the council table in Old Perlican.
Deputy Mayor Bruce Button and Coun. Herbert Arnott are the only two seeking re-election, with the following candidates looking to fill seats:
• Christopher Blundon;
• Kim Carnell;
• William Carl Hopkins;
• Dana March;
• Clifford Morgan;
• Chad Payne; and
• Cyril David Squires.
Like many smaller communities, Old Perlican does not have a separate ballot for mayor and each candidate will be running for a councillor at-large seat.
Once the council has been elected, councillors will then decide who will fill the positions of mayor and deputy mayor.
Residents will have their chance to elect their municipal leaders on Sept. 24.