ND voters make Boyce their choice

by Matthew Uhrig
Press staff

WINCHESTER – In the end, the wait was worth it for Gerry Boyce.

Although the margin of victory was slim, the Township of North Dundas’ incumbent deputy-mayor emerged victorious Mon., Oct. 27.

Boyce garnered 1,769 votes, 589 more than the 1,180 received by his lone challenger, Chesterville-area resident Theresa Bergeron.

“Was it worth the waiting? For sure it was,” he said. “I feel very happy [with these results], and relieved that the campaign is over.”

After winning with 59.99 per cent of the vote, Boyce returns to a council that will be surrounded by familiar faces. When the candidate nomination period closed last month, Mayor Eric Duncan, along with councillors Al Armstrong, Tony Fraser, and John Thompson, were each returned to office by acclamation.

The South Mountain resident will also be back to his position as a councillor at the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry table.

Boyce, as well as his many supporters, were left to count the hours Oct. 27, however, as an irregularity delayed the unveiling of voting results until well after 11 pm.

What began as a joyous gathering inside North Dundas’ council chambers, quickly devolved into an anxious holding pattern. Telephone and Internet voting closed at 8 pm, and outcomes were expected to be known shortly afterward, although an initial delay was announced by 8:30 pm.

Nearly three hours later, with results still unknown, Boyce and the small group of friends and family that remained moved across Winchester to the village’s curling club to continue waiting.

Bergeron, meanwhile, either anticipating defeat or falling victim to the waiting, exited council chambers around 10 pm.

When his win was known, Boyce said he believed people voted in his favour because of “his record,” and his use of “common sense” during the decision-making process.

“The work begins again,” he added.

The deputy-mayor also remained consistent with his platform outline, calling for continuation of the township’s tar and chip program for gravel roads, while at the same time maintaining low taxes and improving customer service.

“Economic development is also big… We need to support our [existing] businesses and get new business here,” Boyce said. “This will also help to bring more people here.”

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