Two lone Stoney Creek hopefuls failed to make first-ballot vote
Former Ancaster trustee Shirley Glauser is returning to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board – to represent Stoney Creek.
Trustees appointed Glauser on Monday to replace Robert Barlow, who died from a sudden heart attack in May, after she prevailed on a third secret-ballot vote to beat out her closest competitor, also from Ancaster.
Only two of the 19 people who applied for the vacancy were from Stoney Creek – former Wentworth County trustee Stewart Beattie, who lives in Winona (Ward 11), and James Jackson, a firefighter who lives in Ward 10 and is active on the Mountain View school council, but neither stood in the top three after the first secret-ballot vote and dropped out of the running.
Glauser, who will represent wards 9 and 10 until the November 2014 municipal election, topped the first ballot after a four-hour marathon of candidate interviews, but it took two more votes for her to get the support of the six trustees needed to win.
Ancaster’s Jeff Reynolds, chair of the board’s parent involvement committee, placed second, while Nerene Virgin, who ran for the Liberals in East Hamilton-Stoney Creek in the 2007 provincial election, was third. Her application did not list her address or phone number.
Board chair Tim Simmons said he was pleased with both the number of candidates who stepped forward and the outcome of vote, rejecting that a trustee need live in the area he or she represents.
He said “a lot of trustees don’t live in their wards”– a list that included Ray Mulholland, Todd White, Laura Peddle, Lillian Orban and Alex Johnstone as of the last election.
“I don’t think that’s what trustees were looking at when they were making their decision,” Simmons said.
“I think they saw a trustee as somebody who understands the board’s strategic directions, who has experience on the board to help us move forward with our work plan and can pick up the trustee’s responsibilities quickly,” he said.
“I know Bob (Barlow) was very fond of Shirley, so I think he would be happy with this decision.”
Glauser, who chose not to run again in 2010 after serving one term as trustee for wards 11 and 12, wasn’t on hand for the vote and efforts to reach her for comment by deadline were unsuccessful.
But in her application, she described her self as “very energetic, client service-oriented, detail-oriented, with the ability to handle multiple responsibilities and tasks,” as well as able “to work cooperatively around a Board table.”
“I would consider it an honour to be chosen to replace the late Robert Barlow for the contracted period of time,” Glauser wrote. “You can be assured I will work diligently to serve his communities in Wards 9 and 10, as well as the Board.”
A former administrator at the Ancaster Senior Achievement Centre, Glauser has a lengthy history of civic involvement that saw her named the city’s Senior Volunteer of the Year in 2012.
The Wilson Street resident was also a finalist for Ancaster Citizen of the Year and Hamilton’s Woman of Distinction award in 2006.