Fort Severn bi-election July 2002

With no forest fires to report out of Fort Severn, Fort Severn was busy with a bi-election, when the elder of council (Chip) Cornelius Matthews resigned his position as a councillor on July 9, 2002. The community called for a nomination meeting on July 19, 2002 at the youth centre at 3:00 p.m. The people at the meeting quickly nominated two new candidates, Ken Thomas and Ennis Crowe. On July 22, 2002 at 12:00 noon both the candidates were on the local community TV channel and the radio station to share their campaign speeches and thoughts with the community. With the assistance of our community technician Angus Miles, the community was able to see the candidates on television. On July 23, 2002 the community went to the polling station to elect the new councillor. Ken Thomas came out as the winner with 70 votes and Ennis Crowe 52. The electoral officer Victoria Matthews said “the election went fairly well, if only there was more voters.” There are 230 registered voters and only 130 people voted with 8 ballots being spoiled. Our congratulations goes out Ken Thomas. Our next general election will be on June 2003.