2018 Municipal Election

You elect a municipal council every four years. The last municipal election was on Monday, October 22, 2018. The term of the current Council is from December 1, 2018 to November 14, 2022. The period for filing nomination papers in the Clerk's Office, 917 Lesperance Road was from May 1, 2018 to Nomination Day (July 27, 2018) until 2 pm.

The following positions were up for nomination:

  • Mayor - one elected at large
  • Deputy Mayor - one elected at large
  • Councillors - one each for Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. View our Ward Maps to determine which ward you are in.
  • Greater Essex County District School Board - 1 representative
  • Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board - 1 representative
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde - 1 representative
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Providence - 1 representative
Election results

View the certified election results for the 2018 Municipal Election.

Candidates' financial statements

All candidates, including those not elected, those who withdraw their nomination or those whose nomination is rejected by the Town Clerk, must disclose and report their contributions and expenses, using the Financial Statement - Auditor's Report - Candidate Form 4 no later than March 28, 2019, at 2 pm.

Legislated campaign periods and filing dates

A Candidate's campaign period starts on the date that the nomination is filed and ends on December 31, 2018, or if the nomination is withdrawn, on the date of withdrawal.

All candidates for office (even those that have withdrawn their nomination) are required to file financial statements with the Clerk by 2 pm on March 29, 2019.

Should a Candidate file a Form 6 to extend their Campaign they are also required to file supplementary filings.

The following candidates have supplied their financial statements:

• Mayor Gary McNamara - Acclaimed

• Joe Bachetti, Deputy Mayor

• Leo Demarce, Deputy Mayor

• Rita Ossington, Deputy Mayor

• Andrew Dowie - Ward 1 Councillor - Acclaimed

• Bill Altenhof - Ward 2 Councillor - Acclaimed

• Rick Tonial, Ward 3 Councillor

• Dwayne Ellis, Ward 3 Councillor

• Rita Ossington, Ward 3 Councillor (withdrew nomination)

• Brian Houston, Ward 4 Councillor

• Adam Ibrahim, Ward 4 Councillor

• Michael Ristovski, Ward 4 Councillor

• Tania Jobin, Ward 5 Councillor - Acclaimed

• Mary Heath, Trustee, Windsor-Essex District Catholic School Board - Acclaimed 

 Candidate Information
When do nominations open?

Nominations open on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, and Nomination Day is Friday, July 27, 2018.

Individuals who want to run for the office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor, or School Board Trustee may file nomination papers starting May 1. The final day to file nomination papers is July 27, 2018, between 9 am and 2 pm. 

How do I file my nomination?

All nomination forms and accompanying documentation must be filed in person, with the Corporate Services and Clerk's Department, at the Town Hall. Photo identification will be required when filing nomination papers.

Candidates must file the following forms:

  • Nomination Form
  • *Signature of 25 eligible electors supporting the nomination
  • Declaration of Qualifications
  • Candidates must also pay the nomination fee.

*The requirement to submit 25 nomination signatures does not apply to School Board Trustee positions. 

Who is eligible to run for Town Council? 

To run for municipal office in Tecumseh, you must be a qualified municipal elector and meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Reside in the Town of Tecumseh, or be the owner or tenant of land in Tecumseh, or the spouse of such owner or tenant; and
  • Not be prohibited from voting under section 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, or under any other law.
Nomination packages

Nomination packages for candidates and registration packages for Third Party Advertisers are available for pick up at Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road starting May 1, 2018 during regular business hours.

Candidates and Third Parties wishing to pick up a package or file their nomination/registration papers are asked to make an appointment with the Clerk's Office before they come to Town Hall.

Information about nominations

You should be aware of the following information regarding nominations:

  • Nominations are open from May 1 to July 27, at 2 pm.
  • Filing fees are $200 for Mayor or $100 for Councillor or Trustee (payable by cash, debit or certified cheque).
  • You must show your Photo ID at the time of filing.
  • You must file your nomination forms before you can accept election contributions or incur campaign expenses.
School Board Trustee candidate information


Where do I file my nomination papers?
Who is eligible to run for School Board Trustee?

To run for a trustee position on a school board, you must be eligible to vote in that school board election and meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a resident within the jurisdiction of the board;
  • Not be prohibited from voting under section 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, or under any other law; and
  • Must meet any other qualifications for the school board (i.e. Roman Catholic, French language rights holder).
  • *The requirement to submit 25 nomination signatures does not apply to School Board Trustee positions.
Role of School Board Trustee 

Ontario's Municipal and School Board Elections are on October 22, 2018. Find out what school trustees do, how to become a trustee, how and where to vote, who is running in your ward or region and everything you need to know about school boards at 2018 Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections website.

School board candidates should email their profiles to TrusteeCandidateInfo@oesc-cseo.org.

Interested candidates should include the following with their profile:

  • Name
  • School board and ward
  • Photo
  • Brief biography
  • Email address
  • Website address.

For more information, view the “Making a Difference for Kids Guidebook”. 

 Voter information
Who can vote?

A person is entitled to vote in the 2018 Municipal Elections for the Town of Tecumseh if, on Election Day, he or she:

  • Resides in the Town of Tecumseh or is an owner or tenant of land in the Town, or is a spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • Is a Canadian citizen;
  • Is at least 18 years old; and
  • Is not prohibited from voting under Section 17(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, or otherwise by law. 
 Who cannot vote?

The following persons cannot vote in a municipal election:

  • A person who is serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution.
  • A corporation.
  • A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy in accordance with Section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
  • A person who was convicted of the corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, if voting day in the current election is less than five years after voting day in the election in respect of which he or she was convicted.
Ensure you are on the voters' list 

The Voters' List is a list of persons who are eligible to vote (electors) in the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) prepares a Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) for municipalities from its property assessment information and enumerations. The PLE is used to prepare the Voters' List. You must be on the Voters' List to receive a Voter Information Letter containing vital information about voting using the internet or telephone.

Eligible electors are encouraged to call or visit Tecumseh Town Hall to ensure they are on the Voters' List, that their information is correct, and that their date of birth is registered.

Eligible electors who do not appear on the Voters' List are required to fill out an Application to Amend the Voters' List- Form EL15. Applications to Amend the Voters' List must be submitted in person to the Clerk, or designate, at Tecumseh Town Hall.

Photo identification will also be required. 

Student vote

Student Vote is a parallel election program that provides students under the voting age with the opportunity to experience the voting process and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

The project for the local elections is being funded by the Ministry of Education of Ontario and Government of Canada, and is supported by the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, as well as education stakeholders and school boards throughout the province. Program registration is free and open to all elementary and secondary schools.

For more information on Student vote, see the following resources:

Internet and telephone voting

Internet and telephone voting will be the sole methods of voting in the 2018 Municipal Elections for the Town of Tecumseh.

A Voter Information Letter (VIL) will be mailed to every Town of Tecumseh elector. It will provide you with instructions on how to vote using either the internet or telephone and provide you with a Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you do not receive your VIL by October 11, 2018, contact the Clerk's Office 519-735-2184, ext. 116 or visit the Tecumseh Town Hall.

Voting starts on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:00 am and ends on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8 pm.

Voter Information Centres will assist eligible electors with voting, obtaining a Voter Information Letter if they have not voted, or amending their Voter Information. 

Voting locations

Tecumseh Town Hall

Weekdays October 12 through 19 - 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday October 20 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Election Day October 22 - 8:30 am to 8:00 pm

Maidstone Recreation Centre

Saturday, October 13 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

 Election Resources and Guides