By Craig Campbell, News Staff
Municipal election 2014 officially kicked off in Dundas on Jan. 20 with the registration of the first candidate for local city councillor.
While incumbent city councillor Russ Powers has not yet announced his plans, Danya Scime – a 2010 candidate for council – has signed up for another run. Dundas residents and the rest of Hamilton go to the polls on Monday, Oct. 27.
“I believe there needs to be a more balanced approach to how the city deals with the uniqueness of our smaller communities,” Scime said. “Some of the policies and direction make sense for the core but are not necessarily in the best interests of Dundas.
“I realize and respect the importance of operating our city as a whole yet know that allowing our citizens to have more input into their individual wards is crucial.”
Scime finished second to incumbent Powers in 2010, picking up 1,761 votes, or 21.25 per cent of ballots cast for Dundas councillor. Powers earned 58.9 per cent of the vote, a gap of more than 3,100 votes over Scime.
Powers told the Dundas Star News last month he will announce his decision in the spring.
He said he is considering a request to run for the Liberal Party in the next federal election, and if he accepts, he will not stand for re-election to council. Powers is also considering the possibility of retiring from politics.
Scime operates the family-owned business Mizener’s Antiques on Highway 5 east of Sydenham Road.
“Being self-employed for decades has enriched me with invaluable experience and life skills that are imperative assets for a strong community leader,” Scime said.
“My current company is akin to a small town of individuals who have problems that need to be dealt with on a weekly basis.”
Scime’s past campaign included strong support for small business and dealing with the challenges that face those operations. She supports more mixed-use “living-working” space and has also spoken against planned school closures in Dundas.