Council opts against Ward 6 recount – Shannon Adshade wins

By  | November 1, 2014 | 7 Comments | Filed under: 2014 Municipal Election

Cambridge Times

CAMBRIDGE – Citing a deep respect for their longtime colleague, a majority of city council voted against ordering a recount of the Ward 6 election results.

Incumbent Gary Price, who has held the seat for 20 years, lost to Shannon Adshade by two votes this past Monday (Oct. 27) ¬– 1,458 to 1,456.

“I’m going to respect his wishes,” Coun. Frank Monteiro said, referring to Price’s public comments that he not want a recount. “I trust the system and so does he.”

That sentiment was echoed by councillors Karl Kiefer and Pam Wolf during a special council meeting held Friday morning to discuss a staff report recommending a recount.

“I feel it’s not going to change anything,” Wolf said, suggesting a recount may throw doubt on the entire system of tabulating votes. “We have confidence in our system.”

Kiefer was elected to regional council during the election, relinquishing the seat he held in Ward 3, while Wolf was returned by voters to represent Ward 5 on city council.

Price, who was in attendance during the meeting but declared a pecuniary interest and didn’t participate in making the decision, is “pleased” council went against the staff recommendation.

“I’ve accepted (the election result) since Tuesday. When the official count came out, I knew it wasn’t going to change, so there’s no sense in dragging it on,” he said. “It wouldn’t change nothing, so it’s time to move on.”

Coun. Nicholas Ermeta, whom voters returned to office for another term, was the sole vote in favour of ordering a recount, though Mayor Doug Craig noted that was his preference as well.

A recount, Ermeta said, has nothing to do with mistrust of the system.

“I believe that’s what the residents would expect,” he said, referring to the close finish.

As mayor, Craig only votes when there’s a tie. In this case, the vote was 3-1 against a recount.

“I think it’s in the public interest,” Craig said, moments before the vote was held. “I have to go in that direction.”

Not in attendance were Rick Cowsill, the defeated Ward 2 councillor, and Donna Reid, who was returned by voters to represent Ward 1 during the next term of council.

Adshade, and the rest of the next council, will be sworn into office on Dec. 2.


please don’t become one of the good ol boys..



7 Responses to Council opts against Ward 6 recount – Shannon Adshade wins

  1. Debbie Duff Vitez November 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

    “I feel it’s not going to change anything,” Wolf said, suggesting a recount may throw doubt on the entire system of tabulating votes. “We have confidence in our system.”
    ( I guess you should have confidence in YOUR SYSTEM, how else could someone with a criminal record for drunk driving or remaining in a car after causing an accident not trust your voting system) I wonder how many municipalities across Ontario voted in a drunk driver..
    I wonder did it have anything to do with your full support of the development of Barrie’s Lake..
    You do know that Barrie’s Lake supplies 25% of our drinking water, you do know this right? and yet you’re voting for development..??
    Why would you do that? does a position on Council mean more to you than your children drinking more toxic water?

    Machines do malfunction, what about the New Brunswick election?,
    funny you mention the way you tabulate votes..
    I really trust a city that can’t seem to FIX a Water billing issue or a drinking water problem..

    al marshall November 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Sometimes the voters get it right such as the last place finish out of four for former Mayor Todd Cowan in Woolwich Township. Personally I didn’t vote against him because he’s a possible thief (double expensing Woolwich & Regional council) but because he’s a liar. The lying is in regards to comments he’s made to the GRCA, in Bob Burtt’s book and he was caught the morning after the election having lied to his own Council about my Blog. You poor folks have gotten stuck with the likes of Donna Reid (Rule 1 teachers are perfect and if not refer back to rule 1) and most horribly Pam Wolfe of the I never take a drink without the means to defend myself in court attitude. I saw her performance in court and anyone who did would never elect her to even clean public toilets. Meanwhile my understanding is that Rick Cowsill was one of the good ones you had? And he wasn’t re-elected? OMG!

    Tom Vann November 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I like what you said agm. We heard the truth of what happened in court with Pam. Just shameful. I think the people of ward 5 need to hope no one they know ever gets hit by a drunk councillor. As for Shannon, we will speak down the road ‘m sure as he and I are involved with a hockey team. Yes, I know more than he may believe about both elections but that doesn’t matter now. What does matter is that he do the right things for this town and not roll over and vote like Donner does and follow Doug. I saw him at the hockey game last night but was in a rush.

    Brad Campbell November 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I bet the house that if Vann was in this position there would be a recount for sure. Denmark smells fishy.

  5. Debbie Duff Vitez November 6, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Rick Cowsill had to be taught a lesson, after all he didn’t follow the “Craig rules”.. Sad, because he was the most honourable one down there.

  6. Debbie Duff Vitez November 6, 2014 at 12:26 am


    Silver Surfer November 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    The defeated candidate has left the building. The buffet table is safe this year and can now shrink by 2 tables. Mommy’s skirt is gone also. Fly with me Green Goblin to the far side of Gotham where the sun is not blocked by Penguins. Tis a shallow moral victory to see the hungry eating crow. Alas, my spaceship is charged. I’m off to another world……

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