Ward One Recount Confirms Original Result

Milton council recently approved a recount request for Milton Ward One results in the 2014 election. By a vote of 6-2 (Clr Malboeuf and I voted against) a recount was approved and to be held today.

Earlier this morning the recount begun and after a few hours the results were released showing no change in the vote count. Clr Elect Robert Duvall – Milton Ward 1 Councillor, who won by 14 votes, is expected to be confirmed by Town officials as the duly elected representative for Ward one. There is a time frame of 16 days where the results can be appealed but that is not expected.

Here is the article of the decision by council to approve the recount. My reasoning is included in the article.

“Councillors Mike Cluett and Rick Malboeuf voted against the recount, citing the $4,000 in legal expenses that the Town would have to incur.

“From a numbers point of view, I feel that it would be highly unlikely the vote count to change that drastically given the number of votes cast. I feel confident that the results would be the same and therefore I look at what impact it would have on taxpayers for the cost of the recount,” said Cluett.

Local and Regional Councillor Colin Best said the recount was necessary because Barkley lost by such a small number of votes, which could easily be the result of faulty optical scanners or ballots with unclear markings.”

http://www.insidehalton.com/…/4992437-voting-recount-to-be…/

Councillor Elect Robert Duvall told me earlier today that hes glad this is over and is looking forward to begin working on council starting December 1st.

Santa Comes to Milton November 16th

You better watch out.

Santa Claus makes his return to Milton this coming weekend Sunday November 16th starting at 130pm.  The parade route is the same as last year so make your plans now and pick your spot along Main Street.  The parade will begin at Main & Scott Blvd and move along historic downtown Milton and end at the Milton GO Station.

The usual mainstays of the parade will be there as well.  Milton Transit and the STUFF A BUS will be there so please bring some non perishable food items for our local food bank.  Members of the Milton Rotary Club will be walking the parade route with big buckets for donations.  As many know, the Milton Santa Claus parade is funded totally from donations and sponsors and every little bit helps.

Kids can also bring their letters to Santa as well!  Lots of fun for the whole family and a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

I look forward to seeing everyone there at this years Milton Santa Claus parade.  For more information please visit their website.

Better be good…for goodness sake! HO HO HO!

Remembrance Day Ceremonies 2014

Remembrance Day is approaching and the Poppy Campaign is now in full gear.  If you see a Legion member or Cadet or one of the many volunteers out at the mall or while shopping for groceries, please take a moment to make a donation and say “Thank You” to a veteran.

There are a number of events coming up in Milton to pay your respects and take part in the ceremonies for Remembrance Day.

Sunday November 9th

Parade of Veterans begins at 1:30 pm from Branch 136 (21 Charles Street, Milton ON) where it will end at the cenotaph at Victoria Park beside Milton Town Hall.  Afterwards the parade will make its way down towards the Legion HQ where members of the public can come to the Legion Hall.

Tuesday November 11th

At 11AM on the 11th day of the 11th month please join us and Milton Branch 136 veterans & members as we celebrate Remembrance Day at the Evergreen Cemetery.

Many men and women have fought for our freedom over the years and continue to do so today.  Lets honour them by taking part in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Milton.  For more information on our local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion or if you would like to join today please visit the website http://rcl136.com/

Lest We Forget!

Mike Cluett Wins Local-Regional Councillor Seat

Official Results:

MIKE CLUETT 3,391 (43%)540631_10150754627326212_595221211_11915759_2146957547_n[2]

Tony Lambert 1,799 (22.7%)

Mian Abubaqr 1,681 (21.2%)

Kristin Collver 1,026 (12.9%)

Courtesy of Milton Canadian Champion – Julie Slack

Milton resident Mike Cluett was handily elected Local and Regional Councillor for Wards 1, 6, 7 and 8 tonight.

Cluett, who was first elected to town council’s Ward 6 in 2010, said he was thrilled by the vote of confidence in him.

He celebrated the victory at Shoeless Joe’s where his wife of 15 years was also celebrating her birthday. Cluett added tonight’s victory was a triple celebration since the couple also marked their 15th anniversary in September during the heart of the election campaign.

The Ward 6 councillor announced he was seeking the regional councillor position when 2014 was first ushered in. He filed on January 2.

“This says that hard work and communication with residents is important,” Cluett said of the clear victory.

Cluett took 3,391 votes, while former ousted town councillor Tony Lambert came second with 1,799, followed by Mian Abubaqr, 1,681 and Kristen Collver with 1,026. Figures weren’t official at press time.

“Residents want a vision and they want to make sure that someone represents them,” he added.

Cluett said he’s been attending regional council meetings since early in his term to remain up-to-date on what’s happening.

Cluett is also on the board of the United Way of Milton and the Milton Community Resource Centre.

“The hard part begins now to help grow Milton the way residents want it,” said Cluett. “They want to grow with more balance, with job opportunities as opposed to just residential growth.

“People want to live and work in town then there’s more of a connection to Milton and it won’t be that bedroom community people say it is.”

Statement from Mike Cluett Campaign

Friends,

I was very disappointed to learn about the anonymous smear piece being distributed in Wards 1,6,7 & 8. Frankly, the residents of Milton deserve better.

When I applied to fill the vacancy that was created when Tony Lambert was removed from council for violating The Municipal Act,http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/4275588-milton-council-officially-ousts-lambert/ I did so because I believed I was in the best position to fill the vacancy immediately and deliver the kind of leadership our residents have been lacking for years.

Since 2010, I have been honoured to represent the residents of Ward 6 on Milton Town Council and I believe that my record and commitment to our community speaks for itself. I welcome anyone who has questions to contact me mike@mikecluett.ca or visit my website to learn more about how we can build a Complete Community.

Thank you for your continued support, and don’t forget to get out and vote on Monday October 27!

Mike Cluett
Candidate for Local/Regional Councillor Wards 1,6,7,8

Some Observations As Term of Council Ends

cropped-cropped-IMG_0000008712.pngLast night we had our last Administration and Planning Committee meeting for this term of Milton Town Council. 

It’s been a pleasure to serve on that committee for the last four years along with the chair Colin Best. 

It did strike me as odd that with the election just over 30 days away that there were very few candidates for Milton Town Council in attendance. Over the last few months, the public gallery has had a number of candidates for positions attend on a regular basis.  It brings me back to the last election campaign for me, when from early January to the last meeting I attended each one.  

The best piece of advice I received when I first thought of running for public office was to attend the meetings and see how the process works.  It will give you a better understanding about the job, what it entails and the demands it will have on your time.  After I started attending regularly back in 2010, many other candidates showed up as well.  The ratio of those who won vs who didn’t is actually pretty good.

It’s because they were able to speak to voters with the understanding of what a local councillor does and that goes a long way.  They were able to make promises to voters as to what they could or could not do.  Knowing about the job is important for everyone who puts their name on a ballot.

Over this last year there have been a few candidates who attended regularly which is good.  Some however have not.

Out of the candidates who are vying for the position of Local and Regional councillor for wards 1,6,7 & 8, aside from one who attended less than a handful of meetings, no one has shown up.  Even the former councillor who was ousted from office back in December (see the link here and here)  and who made promises to attend meetings has not once shown his face at a meeting.

Some will claim “I watched the meetings online”  If you want the job, you make the effort to attend and take part in the conversation.  There should be no excuse at all for not wanting to be prepared for the job you’re spending money on trying to get.

None of the candidates for the position I’m running for have spoken on ANY issues they claim is important to them.  When it comes to town input sessions on budgets, community services, infrastructure or parks that both myself and the town have hosted…Nothing.

For over the last year I have attended the Regional Council meetings to prepare myself and be ready to start working day one. None of my opponents have.

Their lack of attendance should speak volumes to voters this coming election. Where have you been all this time?

The choice is clear for voters in wards 1,6,7,8. Mike Cluett is ready to start working Day one.

I’ll see you at the doors.

Get Your Mike Cluett Lawn Signs For 2014 Election

According to the Town of Milton bylaws, election signs can be installed on September 12, 2014.  This is also the cut off day for nominations for election.

You can either send me an email or fill out the form on my website www.completecommunity.ca/contact-2/ and I will make sure you get a lawn sign.

In addition to this, many people have asked me about who is running and for what position.  I will leave it up to you to do your research on each candidate but I am running for the Local/Regional Councillor position for Wards 1, 6, 7 & 8.  You can check out my website www.completecommunity.ca for maps.  If you are unsure, send me an email mike@mikecluett.ca and I can confirm if you’re on the voters list.

This election Milton residents will be voting for the following positions (assuming no one is acclaimed):

  • Mayor
  • Regional Chair
  • Local Councillor (Each ward elects one)
  • Regional Councillor (Wards 1, 6, 7 & 8 – Thats me.  One is also elected for Wards 2, 3, 4 & 5)
  • School Board Trustee (Public School Board/Catholic School Board etc)

During my travels around town knocking on doors, I’ve been asked on more than one occasion, for example, “I’m voting for Rob Duvall.  Does that mean I can’t vote for you?”

The answer is you can vote for both of us.  Rob is running for the Local Councillor for Ward 1, while I am running to sit on both Local and Regional councils.

Election day is less than 50 days away and I urge you to take some time and research the candidates that are running.  You will be seeing more of us coming to your door asking for your support, so please ask us questions.

As always, you can find details of my plan here on www.completecommunity.ca but if you have specific questions you can call or email me anytime.

I look forward to your support on election day.  I’ll see you at the doors.

Advance Poll Dates for 2014 Milton Election

According to the www.miltonvotes.ca website the following dates and locations have been announced for advance polling in the 2014 Milton municipal elections.

Advance voting hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the exception of Sunday, October 19th, when the voting closes at 5:00 p.m.

Continuous Advance Vote – 5 Days

Monday, October 13 thru Friday, October 17, 2014

Hugh Foster Hall

141 King Street

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Advance Vote – 1  Day

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nassagaweya Tennis Centre & Community Hall (Campbellville)

9267 Guelph Line, Campbellville

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Shop & Vote – 2 Days

Saturday, October 18 & Sunday October 19, 2014

Milton Mall

55 Ontario Street South, Milton

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Saturday)

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sunday)

Election Day – 1 Day

Monday, October 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ward One

101       Bishop P. F. Reding Secondary School – 1120 Main Street East

102       Beaty Branch Library – 945 Forth Line

103       Hawthorne Village Public School – 850 Bennett Boulevard

Ward Six

601       Guardian Angels Elementary School – 650 Bennett Boulevard

602       Hawthorne Village Public School – 850 Bennett Boulevard

603       Craig Kielburger High School – 1151 Ferguson Drive

Ward Seven

701       Jean Vanier Secondary School – 1145 Bronte Street South

702       Milton Sports Centre – 605 Santa Maria Boulevard

703       Tiger Jeet Singh Public School – 640 Yates Drive

704       Our Lady of Fatima – 709 Bolingbrook Drive

705       Milton District Hospital – 7030 Derry Road

706       Birkdale Place – 611 Farmstead Drive

Ward Eight

801       Escarpment View Public School – 351 Scott Boulevard

802       Escarpment View Public School – 351 Scott Boulevard

803       Lumen Christi Elementary School – 841 Savoline Boulevard

804       P.L. Robertson Public School – 840 Scott Boulevard

Please keep these dates in mind.  Voting in advance polls are a lot quicker than on election day (which isnt as bad as many assume it is) so to make sure your voice is heard and your choice for candidate is selected, get out and vote!

I’ll see you at the doors.