Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley defeated challenger Anne Marie Gillis handily on Monday, with 16,238 votes to the 7,569 who voted for Gillis. The election marks the beginning of the long-serving Mayor’s 10th term as chair of Council and there were hints, or at least hopes, of better days to come.
Bradley told another news outlet that “we can make this work,” apparently referring to something of a refreshing of City Council, where newcomers Nathan Colquhoun, a business owner (Refined Fool and other ventures), Margaret Bird (noted for her vocal opposition to sanctioning of the Mayor after he was found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct), and Bill Dennis (a Realtor who actively supported the Mayor).
Other new faces on Council are Mike Stark, a businessman who once owned a jewelry store in Lambton Mall), and George Vanderberg, a former police officer who runs a paralegal firm. Terry Burrell, who had served as a City Councillor until his 2014 defeat, was brought back to that role last night.
Dave Boushy returns to City/County Council, taking the highest number of votes (11,561).
Stark, White and Bird will also serve on both City and County Council; Dennis, Burrell, Colquhoun, and Vandenberg were elected to the City Council seats.
“After looking at the least four years, it’s about reconciliation,” Bradley said after the results were announced last night. “It’s about us moving forward and forgetting about the past. I’m not a rear view mirror guy. We’re going to move forward and make good things happen for the city. There’s a good balance of veterans and new people.”
Brian White returns to City Hall, but in a different role as he earned one of four City/County Council seats.
Matt Mitro was defeated in his bid for re-election as a City Councillor; Bev MacDougall lost in her race for reelection as a City/County Councillor.