Councillors Adam Bureau and Aaron Burchat have now posted their campaign material on new web sites. Of the 14 candidates who filed nomination papers, only seven have provided voters with detailed information. Mayor Henderson was first with information, and so far Nicole Beatty, Michael Sprayson, Miriam Mutton and now Adam and Aaron have followed with comprehensive web sites. Perhaps the other candidates are waiting for the all-candidates session organized by the Chamber of Commerce on 29 September – after all, voting doesn’t start until October 14. Both Adam and Aaron are on the current Council so if you have been following Council news, you will already have some idea of what they think and do. But let me summarize what Adam and Aaron have to say.
Adam’s information is strong on providing his personal information and since he has been on Council for 4 years, he lists his accomplishments. He has been quite active and serves on several significant committees. Since he has a Downtown business, he is quite active on the DBIA (Downtown Business Improvement Area) but he has also served on nine other committees and boards.
- Downtown Business Improvement Area
- Cobourg Farmers Market
- Cobourg Public Library
- Cobourg Farmers Market
- Sustainability Climate Emergency Advisory Committee
- Civic Awards Committee
- The Poet Laureate Committee
- Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- The Christmas Magic Committee
- Queens Jubilee Committee
Go to his web site https://adambureau.ca/ for more detail on his work in each of these committees.
The overall message is that he puts in a lot of time and works hard. Adam comes across as a caring individual who works at his assignment of coordinator of Arts, Culture and Tourism.
Aaron not only has a job outside of the Council (with Compton Telecommunications) but also is owner of two businesses: Showtime TV & Stereo and (since March 2022), a skateboard shop (inside Showtime). Aaron lists the committees he serves on (notably the Police Services Board) but does not list accomplishments in them. In his platform, he lists four areas:
- Active Community – Investing in active lifestyles
- Infrastructure – work with staff on town’s asset management system
- Service Delivery – Streamlining customer service throughout the town of Cobourg, creating a single point of contact and continuing improvement of accessibility.
- Partnerships – seek out community partners to improve the housing situation within Cobourg,
Aaron’s emphasis (see his home page) is asking for support such as putting a sign on your lawn or making a donation. Go to his web site. https://www.aaronburchat.ca/
Still missing is any information from:
- Lucas Cleveland – running for Mayor
- Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin – running for re-election in the same position
- Councillor Brian Darling – running for re-election in the same position
- Johnny Percolides – running for election as Councillor
- Randy Barber – running for election as Councillor
Sara Gardinier has limited information on her Facebook page and Ashley Bouman has a web site with no campaign information. Mark Mills has just posted a web site with limited information. He plans a campaign launch Sept 3.
The above is accurate as of the date/time of publishing – you can find the latest information at Cobourg Internet’s Municipal Elections Page – see Resources below.
- Cobourg Municipal Elections – Includes list of candidates and their contact information including web site links. Also includes details of Chamber of Commerce “Speed Campaigning” event on 29 September. Updated whenever there is relevant news.