By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
The campaign trail in Dundas is becoming crowded after Dundas councillor Russ Powers announced on June 26 that he would not seek re-election.
Three women have indicated their intention to vie for the right to represent the Valley Town on Hamilton council.
Danya Scime — one of four candidates who challenged Powers in the 2010 election and provided the closest competition with 1,761 votes to his 4,884 — had registered for another municipal run before Powers even announced his retirement.
The Dundas resident has operated Mizener’s Antiques and Flea Market in Flamborough for more than 10 years.
Life-long Dundasian Arlene Vanderbeek confirmed last Thursday she would be running. Vanderbeek has played an active behind-the-scenes role for the past eight years as Powers’ executive assistant and as an assistant to previous Dundas councillor Art Samson.
Vanderbeek also served two terms on Dundas town council — the final two terms before municipal amalgamation.
Dundas resident and businesswoman Toby Yull announced earlier today that she too would join the Dundas election race.
An interior designer, Yull said her career has enabled her to connect with people and gain an understanding of issues in neighbourhoods across the amalgamated city. Yull was most recently a volunteer member of the city’s new engagement committee.
Neither Yull nor Vanderbeek has officially registered as candidates.
The municipal election tales place Oct. 27.