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Ward 9 candidate expected to withdraw from municipal election

Brett Tillotson says he won’t run against Clark

By Kevin Werner, News Staff

Stoney Creek resident Brett Tillotson is expected to withdraw from the municipal election race against incumbent councillor Brad Clark.

Tillotson, who registered Jan. 8, and announced his political intentions on his Facebook page, stated in an email message to the Stoney Creek News he “won’t be continuing with the campaign. I’ll be withdrawing from the race soon.”

Tillotson grew up on the East Mountain, and graduated from Barton Secondary School. He received his B.A. in the humanities from McMaster University in 2003, completed a master’s degree in history at the University of Ottawa in 2004, and moved back to Hamilton to begin his PhD studies over the next five years, which he never completed. He married, and relocated from downtown Hamilton to Stoney Creek in 2012.

“I firmly believe that the most important thing a person can do in a democratic society is to stand up and be counted as a voter,” said Tillotson in an earlier email message. “In essence my run for city council is motivated by the desire to more actively participate in the community …”

Tillotson had concerns about the city’s infrastructure spending, rising debt, and spending money on a possible casino and light-rail transit system.

“Now is the time to make sure we’re spending taxpayers’ money responsibility,” he said.

So far, Tillotson’s name is still registered as a candidate on the city’s website.

Clark, who first won election as Ward 9 councillor in 2006, and successfully was re-elected in 2010, has said in an interview he will be seeking re-election for the fall 2014 election. He has yet to register as a candidate.

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