Lucas Cleveland campaigned with a promise to lead instead of manage and to do things differently. Although he has no Council experience, he’s now our new Mayor, narrowly defeating incumbent John Henderson. And that’s not the only change: Nicole Beatty beat incumbent Suzanne Séguin for the Deputy Mayor’s position. In Council, there are two new councillors: Miriam Mutton and Randy Barber – although both have had some previous experience as Councillors (Miriam in Cobourg in both 2006 and 2010 and Randy Barber in Markham). Full vote numbers are below. I was surprised with three results: Nicole Beaty beating Suzanne Séguin and both Michael Sprayson and Mark Mills losing. The only certain thing that can be read from the results is that a large number of people in Cobourg want change.
For those who are worried about the direction of the new Council, remember three things:
- The Mayor by himself does not control the Town – he is just one vote. We’ll have to hope that Lucas can do what he says and “get everybody on the bus”. If he leads everyone in a direction that we all want, he’ll be a good mayor.
- The Deputy Mayor may be “in charge of the budget” but she also only has one vote. Nicole also promised to be a prudent money manager.
- With all councillors (but not the mayor) experienced, there’s little danger of going too far off-track.
In Port Hope, they also elected a newcomer: Olena Hankivsky. She replaces long-time Mayor Bob Sanderson who did not run.
Here are the numbers:
2022 Municipal Election Results
|Total Votes Cast (includes declined and spoiled)||6757|
|Total Votes Cast (includes declined and spoiled)||6740|
School Board – English public Trustees: Terry Brown and Jaine Klassen-Jeninga
The Town of Cobourg has 16,523 eligible electors and the Voter Turnout was 40.9 per cent. The number of ballots cast was 6,757. The turnout in 2018 was 43.6%.
The Municipal election page on Cobourg Internet here gives the picture before the election. The page includes results from previous years. It will be updated around midday on Tuesday 25 October.
Addendum 25 October 4:45 pm
The Town has now released Official Results.