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LOCKEPORT- A special election will be held in Lockeport this month after the death of a long-time councillor earlier this year.
Lonnie Townsend passed away in May after a battle with cancer.
Townsend, 74, always played an important role in his community. He was once editor of the local paper, a reporter for CKBW, a pastor and served as councillor and deputy mayor for over 15 years.
“It’s always hard,” said Mayor George Harding, adding, "We miss his input.”
Darian Huskilson, a former longtime mayor of the town, said Townsend’s special skill on council was his rich knowledge of local history and issues.
“Lonnie was a watchdog,” said Huskilson. “He had a good sense of history on why things were the way they were.”
Townsend's local knowledge helped guide town council when it revisited past issues and ensured council did not make the same mistake twice.
“That alone was invaluable,” said Huskilson.
Three candidates - Kent Balish, Howard Roszel and Jill Malloy - have put their names forward to seek election in the seat Townsend's death left vacant.
Advanced polls will take place Aug. 10 and Aug. 15 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Lockeport Recreation Centre at 10 Spruce St. The election will be held on Aug. 19 at the Lockeport Recreation Centre from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.