Director, Rockwood Homeowners' Association
On October 27, use your democratic right to vote in our City’s municipal election -- after all, this year’s election is not only historic, it will also change the course of our City’s future. Following nearly four decades as the City’s Chief Magistrate, 93-year-old Mayor Hazel McCallion will not be seeking reelection. It is now our choice to decide which of the 15 mayoral candidates will snag the City’s top job and lead Mississauga into a post-Hazel era.
Our historic mayoralty election should not, however, distract you from politics within Ward 3. Four candidates are campaigning to be our community’s Ward 3 City Councillor: Roma Ahmed, Phil Poyton, Elena Stoykovich, and incumbent, Chris Fonseca. Ward 3 will also be electing public and separate school board trustees. Public trustee candidates representing Ward 3 and 4 include: Rita Bindra, Evan Engering, Goran Saveski, and incumbent, Sue Lawton. Antu Maprani Chakkunny and incumbent, Mario Pascucci are also running to be trustee for Mississauga’s Ward 1 and 3 separate school board.
A great resource to research Mississauga’s mayoral, Council, and trustee candidates is www.mississaugavotes.ca. The site provides users with access to candidate websites and contact information in addition to complete instructions to ensure residents are registered on the voters’ list.
To ensure you are registered to cast your ballot, visit the website to complete a quick and easy voter look up which will notify you of your voter status. By registering, you will receive information as to the location of your local polling station on election day, in addition to other important election information. On election day, remember to bring at least one piece of government issued identification which you must disclose in order to cast your ballot.
Any election inquires can be directed to 905-615-VOTE or dial 3-1-1. Polls on Election Day, October 27th, 2014, will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
*Please note this article was originally published in the Fall 2014 edition of The Rockwood Times.