Cornwall Ontario — Cornwall may have its first nomination for Mayor today. The next Cornwall Ontario municipal election is scheduled for Monday, October 27th, 2014. According to the City website, “Beginning on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, nominations can be filed at the office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 360 Pitt Street. The deadline for nominations is 2 pm on Friday, September 12th, 2014.”
Jamie Gilcig, Editor of the Cornwall Free News, will be making an announcement in front of City Hall at 1pm today. Based on several post he made online, it seems plausible he will be announcing his run for Mayor.
A lot has changed since the 2010 election when Mr. Gilcig endorsed Bob Kilger for Mayor. The out spoken gonzo journalist has had a less than cordial relationship with City Hall since then. The climax of which was when Mayor Bob Kilger hit the panic button and had Mr. Gilcig removed from Council Chambers for a t-shirt he disapproved of (the shirt depicted the Mayor on a milk cartoon with the headline ‘missing’).
Mr. Gilcig has criticized the Mayor for being missing several times, including during the final budget session, and most recently at a public meeting concerning the waterfront storage tanks.
Jamie Gilcig would definitely not be the first journalist to make the jump into politics. Chrystia Freeland who worked for Reuters and Toronto Star columnist and author Linda McQuaig both ran to be MP in the Toronto Centre riding during a by-election held earlier in the summer.
Gilcig was born in Montreal Quebec, he is a screen writer, owner of Seaway Radio online, and former owner of Auctionpie.com. He is also a past director of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, and in 2011 he was nominated the Federal Green Party candidate for the SDSG riding.