Ron Lunny has officially been sworn in by Kenora City Council.
Lunny is taking over for former councillor Louis Roussin, who has since moved to Winnipeg after vacating his position. Lunny, a former city councillor himself, is filling in the position until the municipal elections in October.
"It's almost like I never left. It's hard to get used to and get back in the saddle again, but it's good to be back. We're going to be in a lame-duck mode after the next meeting, so there's not a lot that we can do, but we will certainly do what we can," Lunny said, following the council meeting.
After serving two terms in total, Lunny decided to not run for re-election in 2014, after serving since 2011. He had previously served a term as a councillor from 2001 to 2003.
City council decided that they would appoint a replacement to serve until the next election to replace Roussin, but it wouldn't be anyone who is currently running for a seat on council. Councillors said that it could give that person an advantage in the upcoming election.
In Kenora, two nominees are running for mayor:
- Dan Reynard
- Lydia Harlos
There are also 14 running for six seats on council, including four incumbents:
- Mort Goss
- Rory McMillan
- Sharon Smith
- Colin Wasacase
Three are running to return to council:
- Rod McKay
- Andrew Poirier
- Chris van Walleghem
Seven are hoping to become a new voice at city hall:
- Lee-Anne Carver
- Graham Chaze
- Anthony Leek
- Eric Lovas
- Jennifer McKibbon
- Dale Pearson
- Kirsi Ralko
Municipal elections will be held on October 22.