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Boddy-head-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

As part of a distinct vote for change, lawyer Ian Boddy appears headed for the mayor's chair in Owen Sound, A first term councillor, Boddy had a clear lead over incumbent Deb Haswell and former mayor Ruth Lovell-Stanners after six of seven polls had been counted.

Boddy campaigned on a platform of improved communications at city hall, and over his first weeks he plans to sit down with city staff to discuss "how do we meetings", he said in an interview. He would like to see committee chairs explaining their reports at council meetings so councillors and the public alike understand the processes that lead to recommendations and decisions. "How often have been out of a council meeting in an hour when a 400 page report was on the agenda?"

results-regOWEN SOUND – Friday, October 27, 2014 - The 2014 Municipal Election is today! The polls close at 8:00 p.m. To find out the results of the election you can visit the City's website at www.election.owensound.ca or on the Hub at http://owensoundhub.org/city-hall/owen-sound-election-2014-voters-guide.html.

Once the polls are closed the ballots will be returned to City Hall and the results of each poll will be reported to the City Clerk. The City Clerk will review and validate the unofficial vote results. The unofficial vote results will then be published to the City's website and displayed at City Hall.

voter-turnout-regThe 84-per-cent increase in advance poll turnout this year puts Owen Sound on track for a record voter turnout, with well over 50 per cent of eligible voters poised to cast ballots, Mayor Deb Haswell said.

"I am pleased that reforms in the voting process undertaken by the present city council are working," Haswell said after assessing the advance poll result of 1,770 voters, 11 per cent of those eligible compared to 959 or six per cent of eligible voters in the 2010 election.

Only 49.5 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in 2010.

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