Tecumseh seeks residents to fill vacancy on council

Tecumseh Council meets March 11, 2014. (Ricardo Veneza)

The Town of Tecumseh is looking for someone to fill its vacancy on its council, but only until election day.

The spot for Ward 1 opened up when Andrew Dowie was elected the MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh in the last provincial election.

There are not many meetings left. The municipal election is on October 24, and Mayor Gary McNamara said councillors would be in a lame-duck position in August, unable to make any spending or staffing positions.

McNamara said since Dowie was acclaimed in the last municipal election, there is no second-place contender to approach, and it considered leaving the position vacant, but it’s not allowed.

“The legislation says we can’t do that, but if it would have been within the 90-day window prior, then we could do it,” he explained.

Instead, the council is looking for a resident who knows the community well, has good judgement and common sense, and isn’t afraid of reading a lot and asking questions.

What they don’t want is someone who has already filed or is considering filing nomination papers to run in October.

“That would give that person an unfair advantage over the other candidates,” said McNamara.

Council will go over applications at its a meeting on July 26.