Election Fever Hits Cumberland House, La Loche

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 13:58



The former mayor of Cumberland House wants his job back.


Dale McAuley will be challenging incumbent Andy McKay in the village’s upcoming election.


McAuley’s most recent venture into politics was as the Saskatchewan Party nominee for the Cumberland riding in last year’s by-election, which was won by the NDP’s Doyle Vermette in a tight race.


McAuley lost the mayoral race to McKay in 2006, after three consecutive terms.


Meanwhile, 10 people are running for the four seats on village council, including another former mayor — Lennard Morin.


Only two of the current councillors are seeking re-election.


Over on the west side of the province, La Loche’s mayor is facing competition from some familiar names in her village’s own upcoming municipal election.


Georgina Jolibois is being challenged for her seat by J.J. Janvier, the northern village’s former long-time mayor, whom Jolibois successfully challenged in the last two elections.


Also running for mayor are former councillor Ida Lemaigre, who also ran against Jolibois in 2003, and current councillor Randy Herman.


Who will sit at the council table this fall is also being hotly contested, with 48 people in the running for six seats.


With the exception of Herman, all of the current councillors are seeking re-election.


Both La Loche and Cumberland House go to the polls Oct. 7.