Two choices so far on the Countryside ballot

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Let the race begin. Nominations are now open for candidates in countryside district.

Residents in the rural Kingston district were left without a councillor, after Richard Allen resigned late last year.

The city has decided to hold a by-election in mid-May.

Monday marked the first official day of what promises to be a crowded campaign.

Three former countryside councillors have expressed an interest, but have not yet joined the race.

So far, two candidates have registered to run in the 3 month long campaign.

Karen Pagratis and Scott Burton filed their nomination papers.

Burton says it’s his first time running in a municipal election, pledging to bring new ideas to the campaign.

Scott Burton: “These are all valid issues, it’s just that these were the same issues. They were always the same – how will I go up to somebody’s door and knock on it and sell them an article of goods and say ‘believe in me’ and I have nothing new to say. I must conduct this campaign differently and end the outcome of this campaign differently.”

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