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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Marshall Gets Green Nod

Grey Bruce | by Bayshore News Staff  

West Grey Councillor acclaimed to represent Green Party in Bruce Grey Owen Sound

West Grey Councillor Don Marshall has been acclaimed to represent the Green Party in the Bruce Grey Owen Sound riding in the provincial election in October.

Marshall was acclaimed at a nomination meeting last night in Owen Sound after Shane Jolley, the only other person to seek the nomination, announced he was withdrawing.

Jolley later announced he will run instead this fall as an independent candidate.

Marshall -- who lives near Durham and operates his own septic pumping business -- was recently elected to his second term on West Grey council.

He's topped the polls in both of his municipal election campaigns.

Marshall says he plans to get "out there" across the riding starting right away in an effort to make his name better known to voters in other parts of Bruce Grey Owen Sound.

Issues that he feels are important are wind turbines, gravel pits and the proposed closure of jails in Owen Sound and Walkerton.

Marshall says the provincial Liberal government has made such a mess of things, he can't imagine that anybody will vote Liberal in the upcoming election.

His Liberal opponent, of course, is West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles -- Marshall's council colleague but also a friend and hockey teammate dating back more than four decades.

Other candidates, along with Eccles and Jolley, are Bill Walker of the Progressive Conservatives.

Marshall says all he knows about Walker is that he works at Bruce Power and doesn't actually live in this riding.

Bill Hewitt, the President of the Green Party of Ontario, says Marshall will make an excellent candidate.


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