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Butland, Christian to seek re-election

Wednesday, January 15, 2014   by: Staff

Incumbent Ward One City Councillors Steve Butland and Paul Christian have filed their nominations for re-election.

Sault Ste. Marie's next municipal election will be held Monday, October 27, 2014. 

An email sent to the media by the two Councillors Wednesday stated: "(We have) decided individually to seek re-election and discussions led to the decision to file together."

Christian noted: "Over the past three years we have worked well together and despite having different opinions on certain city-wide issues, an open and healthy debate assisted us in our final decisions."

Butland added: "Consensus on ward issues is easily achieved and working together we believe serves our constituents well."

The email states the two Councillors "meet weekly to discuss ward and city issues."

Both Christian and Butland stated they enjoy their role as Ward One Councillors and hope to continue in their role.

Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Debbie Amaroso has already filed her nomination papers in her bid to be re-elected as Mayor, as has Ward Five City Councillor Frank Fata for re-election in his own ward.

Challenger David O'Brien has filed his nomination papers in Ward Four.


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Greyhoundssuck 1/15/2014 9:36:40 PM Report

oh brother...that is all I can say...
Mr. Poster 1/15/2014 10:30:31 PM Report

LETS SEE some new blood come forth to run.
boogie 1/15/2014 11:08:49 PM Report

I'm hoping someone steps up to challenge Mayor Deb.

Christian Provenzano comes to mind....
Mr. Poster 1/15/2014 11:18:41 PM Report

I think she is going to be mayor major goofs on her part and who would really want that job anyhow??
macgyvr 1/15/2014 11:26:46 PM Report

macgyvr 1/15/2014 11:31:58 PM Report

eadiecougs 1/16/2014 12:38:51 AM Report

why do we need two ward members Windsor has one so does Sudbury save the tax payers some money only one is needed I never heard a peep by ethier of these guys.Christian who?
eadiecougs 1/16/2014 12:42:09 AM Report

nobody wants to be the mayor of this city its going nowhere fast job loss and young people leaving.It will be a retirement town soon I hope it can turn around but it dont look to good.
soowat 1/16/2014 1:07:51 AM Report

Mr. Poster, boogie, eadiecougs

Nominations are still open.Why don't you run?
Just Curious 1/16/2014 8:19:42 AM Report

macgyvr; Joe doesn't run for his job, he was hired(sort of).. He just runs the city..:)
I also think councillors should only be allowed 2 terms by law. That would go a long way to prevent the "old boys club" syndrome..
Mr. Poster 1/16/2014 8:45:07 AM Report

I agree with one ward money and the endless drivel speeches some feel they have to make.
theprotector 1/16/2014 9:27:54 AM Report

first question for the race: How do you feel about the current mayor failing to do anything about the government job relocations happening in the Sault? What would you have done?
ya....right 1/16/2014 9:28:18 AM Report

yet all of you who want to rid council of the old dust would vote for the worst one a heartbeat
bubba2006 1/16/2014 9:29:14 AM Report

Do you think that Councillors will ever vote to have ONLY 1 councillor per ward? That would have to be an initiative sparked by a citizen first and then ask for a referendum vote. Instead, we vote on whether stores need to open or close on Boxing Day. WAKE UP SSM! we are going nowhere and FAST.
Just Curious 1/16/2014 9:59:16 AM Report

Feel free to correct me, but isn't being a councillor only a part-time job?? If we did go to one per ward I would think it would then become pretty much a full time job so there probably be no savings whatever, and could actually wind up costing more.. Besides, with two per ward, at least one will get back to you when you call. Bryan was one of the worst when I lived in his ward, if he did call back at all it was denial or double-talk....:)
David Poluck 1/16/2014 10:38:09 AM Report

bubba2006, The matter of a ballot choice of a civic holiday was an exercise in the democratic process and followed the municipal act guidelines.No other city in Ontario had taken the steps to bring the question to the people. Sudbury is now following our example and asking their community what they want.
If you think that having one Councillor per ward is a question that should be on an election ballot then by all means look up the procedures required to have the question on the ballot.

eadiecougs 1/16/2014 10:51:43 AM Report

Soowat I would run but nobody would vote for me lol I am just saying one ward mem is good per ward would save 21.000
chico1 1/16/2014 11:48:17 AM Report

Just Curious, I have to agree with you about councilors replying to a call or an e-mail. During the last meeting I agreed, in part, with Brian Watkins and sent him an e-mail to tell him that, but also added a slight change. Did he reply, "NO." I've know him for a while but have noticed a change in his attitude and behavior since he's been on council.
chico1 1/16/2014 11:52:27 AM Report

I have to also add that Joe Krmpotich did reply to my e-mail, even though he was dealing with a personal health issue.
macgyvr 1/16/2014 12:38:55 PM Report

Just Curious, do we have an old boys club? I never would have guessed.I thought Joe was also the Mayor.
macgyvr 1/16/2014 12:42:57 PM Report

Just Curious, sounds like Brian hasn,t changed.
Stugatzu 1/16/2014 6:02:58 PM Report

Joe is the CAO, Mayor, Alderman... and puppet master....

Everyone in council does what Joe says... because they're all a bunch of spineless wimps.

If this were any other city, he'd have been hung out to dry when his conflict of interests issues came to light in the 90s.

As far as ward aldermen/women -- I've had numerous instances when neither my ward's representatives have returned e-mails or phone calls and same for the mayor --- all regarding legitimate concerns. Debbie was horrible as a councilor, and even worse as a mayor.

I remember that sort of stuff.. and when you don't have my interests at heart, you don't have my vote. EVER!
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