Former councilor Tim Fryer announces candidacy for deputy mayor

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Former COLLUS councilor and senior executive, Tim Fryer, has added his name to the slate of candidates running for deputy mayor.

Fryer announced his candidacy Aug. 5, and his candidacy will make a run for the second-in-command seat. So far, only current councilor Bob Madigan has declared his intention to run for deputy mayor.

This will be Fryer’s third election campaign. He was elected city councilor for the 2014-2018 term.

Fryer, the former chief financial officer of Collingwood Utilities (COLLUS) until 2012, originally filed for deputy mayor in the 2018 election but changed his mind and ran for a seat instead to advise. He was not elected, but took eighth place (seven councilors are elected) with 3,492 votes. The seventh-place councilor got 3,813 votes. Fryer applied for the vacant council seat after the departure of former councilor Tina Comi, but the council chose Chris Carrier for the position instead.

In a press release, Fryer said he was “more than eager” to return to the Collingwood council table.

As of August 5, there are three candidates for mayor, two for deputy mayor and four for the seven council seats available in the October 2022 municipal elections.

Current Councilor Yvonne Hamlin, Deputy Mayor Mariane McLeod and former Councilor Norm Sandberg have all applied to run for mayor.

Candidates for councilor include former councilor Ian Chadwick, current councilor Deb Doherty, local entrepreneur Brandon Houston and former city staffer Chris Potts.

Candidates for school trustee positions include:

  • Shawn Cooper as local administrator of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • Mike Foley and Barabara-Anne Smith, both of Wasaga Beach, for the Simcoe County District School Board
  • Eric LaPointe and Saveria Caruso for Viamonde School Board
  • Clair Thibideau for the MonAvenir Catholic School Board

Nominations for candidates in the municipal elections opened on May 2 and will close on August 19.

There is a list of non-certified candidates online including their contact information maintained by City Clerk Services staff.

The election will take place on October 24, 2022.

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