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Local entrepreneur running for Collingwood council seat

Brandon Houston is the third person to register his candidacy for one of seven councillor seats for the upcoming 2022 municipal election
Brandon Houston in a 2019 file photo. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday

A Collingwood-based entrepreneur has added his name to the list of candidates running for a spot on Collingwood council in the upcoming fall election. 

Brandon Houston, founder of Collingwood Foundry co-working space and CEO of Switch Video, will be running for one of seven councillor spots. He filed his candidacy application on July 15.

Houston also built an online marketplace called Collingwood Commons during the pandemic to offer local businesses e-commerce options in a centralized location.

There are now three people registered to run for the seven councillor seats to be elected in the fall. Current Councillor Deb Doherty and former town staffer Chris Potts have also declared their intention to run. 

Bob Madigan, currently in his second term as a councillor, has filed to run for deputy mayor and is the only candidate in that category so far. 

Three people are running for mayor, including current Councillor Yvonne Hamlin, acting Deputy Mayor Mariane McLeod, and former councillor Norm Sandberg. 

There are three candidates for the various school board trustee positions. Shawn Cooper is running for the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Eric Lapointe is running for Conseil scolaire Viamonde for the Bruce, Grey, Simcoe, and Dufferin trustee position, and Claire Thibideau is running for Conseil scolaire catholiquie Mon Avenir as the Simcoe-Muskoka trustee. No one has yet applied to run for the public school board (Simcoe County District School Board) Collingwood and Wasaga Beach trustee position. 

Nominations for municipal election candidates opened May 2, and will close Aug. 19.

There is an online uncertified list of candidates kept updated by the town's clerk services staff. 

The election will take place Oct. 24, 2022.

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Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter and editor. She has 15 years of experience as a local journalist
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