Vaudreuil-Dorion Action Party announces candidates for upcoming election
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Mayor Guy Pilon announces his candidacy for re-election along with the slate of eight candidates who will run for council seats in upcoming municipal election under the Parti d’action de Vaudreuil-Dorion (Action Party) political banner in November.
A standing-room only crowd of over 100 family, friends, and supporters gathered at Maison Trestler in Vaudreuil-Dorion on Tuesday evening, February 28, to hear Mayor Guy Pilon announce his candidacy for re-election and introduce the slate of eight candidates who will run for their respective council spots in the upcoming municipal election this November under the Parti d’action de Vaudreuil-Dorion (Action Party) political banner.
Five current councillors are seeking re-election – François Séguin (District 2), Céline Chartier (District 4), Gabriel Parent (District 6), Paul Normand (District 7) and Paul Dumolin (District 8). Three councillors – Claude Beaudoin (District 1), Robert Laurence (District 3) and Rénald Gabrielle (District 5) announced they will not seek re-election. The three new candidates will run in their place are Josée Clément, Jasmine Sharma, and Diane Morin respectively.
Morin, who lost her election bid to become District 4 Councillor to Chartier who ran as an independent during the 2013 election campaign, said she has no animosity and welcomes the opportunity to work with all council members if she wins her council seat. Chartier gave up her independent status to join the Action Party.
Morin has also regularly attended council meetings the past four years and is up-to-date will all the issues that dominate the current municipal council agenda. “I’m so glad to be running again,” she said.
“I’ve been living in the district for 24 years and there are a lot of people who know me for my commitment and dedication to my work as a businesswoman.” Morin added that she will bring the same energy to her role as councillor if elected.
The inclusiveness of the Action Party is what prompted municipal politics neophyte Sharma to run for a council spot. “I’m extremely excited to be running,” said Sharma. “The mayor has shown openness and willingness to rejuvenate the party and to bring renewal to it. I’m originally a West Islander but like many, I decided to establish myself here and I’ve been actively involved in the community for the last seven years.”
Clément, who is also a newcomer to municipal politics, said she decided to announce her candidacy because of her extensive business experience and commitment to her district, two attributes which she feels will benefit her constituents, although she acknowledges she has a big role to fill with the eventual departure of Beaudoin . “For me it’s a big step to come into politics from the business side, but I’m confident I can fulfill the role,” she said.
At the other end of the spectrum, long-time councillors Séguin and Dumolin are both running for their eighth consecutive term after being first elected in 1991. They both acknowledged the support they received from their wives and families which enabled both councillors to concentrate on their work for more than two decades.
If all eight Action Party candidates win their respective districts, it will be the first time that council will be represented by four male and four female candidates.