Guelph/Eramosa voters opt for status quo

All five members of council returned to office - two by acclamation

BRUCEDALE – All five members of the current Guelph/Eramosa council are returning for the 2022-26 term.

Mayor Chris White and Ward 4 councillor Mark Bouwmeester were acclaimed, leaving races for councillor in Wards 1, 2 and 3.

Ward 1

Incumbent Bruce Dickieson defeated his opponent Philip Mullis in the Ward 1 race.

Dickieson received 341 votes and Mullis received 197.

Asked what about his campaign resonated with voters, Dickieson said he wasn’t sure.

“I guess maybe they hopefully thought I did a good job in my first term,” he told the Advertiser the morning after the election.

Dickieson said he wants to focus on infrastructure renewal and economic development over the next term.

Ward 2

It was a three-way race in Ward 2, but ultimately incumbent Corey Woods came out ahead.


Woods garnered 237 votes, Damian Mallard received 125, and Peter Jones, 123.

“I’m always humbled with a win,” Woods said on Tuesday.

Though not impressed with a voter turnout of about 28%, Woods stressed he wanted to thank all his supporters.

He said he plans to continue focusing on keeping taxes low and completing as many road and bridge projects as possible.

Woods is looking forward to a productive four years, noting all members of the returning council get along well.

“We all work together and we all respect one another,” he said.

Ward 3

Incumbent Steven Liebig won handily in Ward 3 over Lisa Logan-Dayman.

Liebig, who was appointed to the position in March after Louise Marshall stepped down due to health concerns, received 718 votes.

Logan-Dayman received 306 votes.

“I’m totally elated and over the moon,” Liebig said the day after the election.

He thanked his wife and family for their support, as well as all those who voted for him.

Liebig pledged to continue advocating for parks, youth and seniors programs, infrastructure renewal and strengthening the township’s business core.

He too said council works well together and will “keep the township rolling in the right direction.”

Township officials say voter turnout was 28.2%, a far cry from 43.9% in 2018 and even 36.9 % in 2014.