It’s election time.

This much is clear. Signs are springing up throughout the region, coloured in red, blue and orange as Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry provincial election candidates rally for support ahead of next week’s voting day.

But, on a much more intimate level, those who are friends and neighbours are also jockeying for support.

Yes, along with the changing colour of leaves, this fall will bring with it municipal elections throughout Ontario.

Already the whispers have turned into reality in the Township of North Dundas as candidate names spread about have proved to be true.

Veteran Councillor Al Armstrong wants to be the next deputy-mayor, and longtime village merchant Gary Annable will vie for one of three councillor seats alongside South Mountain resident Frank Fata.

Last week, Councillor Tony Fraser used Chesterville’s Legion branch as the launching pad for his mayoral campaign.   

These are just four of those who have already confirmed their intentions, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s on the required paperwork. Others have been mentioned, but to date haven’t followed up.

In the Municipality of South Dundas, where creation has been stumped by chaos at times in this term of council, Councillor Bill Ewing has filed to replace current Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke at the table.

Competitions in either jurisdiction will be closely watched, given the implications of the outcomes.

No matter the direction of those in or out of the races, it is clear that there is excitement ahead of the fall’s election. Opposed to apathy, there seems to be anticipation.

Surely there is more coming, given that the candidate deadline to file comes in late July.

But, imagine for a minute the look of the ballots later this year. New blood among them could surely mean a new focus in either township, or new ideas for a way forward, especially when attention to detail is needed.

It’s something all voters should support with a 100 per cent majority – look back only for reference as you move forward.

More than anything, a wealth of options during the voting process would give those casting a ballot some pause about who they’d like to see leading their local governments for the next four years.

Let’s see people with expertise in a number of areas, including those at the heart of the township they’ll represent.

All of this can, ideally, help to widely improve North and South Dundas as each faces its future.

Bring on a race to the finish.    

 – M.U.