Former councillor and COLLUS senior staffer Tim Fryer has added his name to the list of election candidates with an eye on the deputy mayor's job.
Fryer announced his candidacy on Aug. 5, and his application will make a race for the second-in-command seat. Until now it was only current Councillor Bob Madigan who declared his intention to run for deputy mayor.
This will be Fryer's third election campaign. He was elected as a councillor for the 2014-2018 term.
Fryer, the former chief financial officer at Collingwood Utilities (COLLUS) until 2012, originally filed to run for deputy mayor in the 2018 election, but changed his mind and ran for a councillor seat instead. He was not elected, but was eighth place (seven councillors are elected) with 3,492 votes. The seventh-place councillor achieved 3,813 votes. Fryer applied for the vacant council seat after former councillor Tina Comi left, but council selected Chris Carrier for the role instead.
In a news release, Fryer said he is "more than eager" to get back to the Collingwood council table.
As of Aug. 5, there are three candidates for mayor, two for deputy mayor, and four for the seven council seats available in the October 2022 municipal election.
Current Councillor Yvonne Hamlin, Deputy Mayor Mariane McLeod, and former councillor, Norm Sandberg, have all applied to run for mayor.
The councillor candidates include former councillor Ian Chadwick, current Councillor Deb Doherty, local entrepreneur Brandon Houston, and former town staffer Chris Potts.
Candidates for the school board trustee positions include:
- Shawn Cooper for local trustee on the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
- Mike Foley and Barabara-Anne Smith, both of Wasaga Beach, for the Simcoe County District School Board
- Eric LaPointe and Saveria Caruso for Conseil scolaire Viamonde
- Clair Thibideau for Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir
Nominations for municipal election candidates opened May 2, and will close Aug. 19.
There is an online uncertified list of candidates including their contact information kept updated by the town's clerk services staff.
The election will take place Oct. 24, 2022.