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Robert McArthur, a 59 year old Clearview township farmer and lifelong resident of the Cashtown Corners area, has served notice of his intention to challenge for the Ward 2 seat in this fall’s municipal election.

McArthur runs a mixed crop and cattle operation on County Rd. 9 which was started by his grandfather. He has worked at Reinhart Foods in Stayner for 26 years, progressing through multiple roles and served for 15 years as a volunteer firefighter.

This is not his first foray into municipal politics. McArthur ran for council in 2014, losing to incumbent Thom Paterson. His father, Milton McArthur, was a councillor and then deputy reeve of Nottawasaga Township prior to amalgamation.

Following a review in 2021, council voted to redraw ward boundaries. Creemore and Avening, formerly part of Ward 5, will be part of a larger Ward 2 together with Singhampton, Duntroon, Glen Huron and Dunedin. The new council will consist of fiveward representatives plus a mayor and deputy mayor elected at large.

McArthur says being a rural oriented person he is well suited to represent the interests of a large, predominantly rural area.

Other candidates that have registered in the past week include Paul Van Staveren and Chuck Arrand for Deputy Mayor, Maqsood Dogar and Richard Paul in Ward 3.

The last chance to file as a candidate is Friday, Aug. 19 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information is available on the Clearview website.

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