East Lambton mayors races heating up

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Todd Case congratulated Jackie Rombouts on election night in 2018. Case had retired from politics when Rombouts defeated Jim Couwenberg for the mayor's job. Now, Case is running against the incumbent in the Oct. 24, 2022 election.

Case mounts a comeback in Warwick; Ferguson facing Armstrong in Brooke-Alvinston

The race for the top municipal jobs is heating up in rural Lambton, with three incumbents facing challengers – including one race where a former mayor trying to make a comeback.

It will be the current mayor against the former mayor in Warwick. Todd Case has filed his papers to run for the township’s top spot. Incumbent Jackie Rombouts has also filed her intentions to run.

Rombouts beat John Cowenberg by just 77 votes after Case retired from municipal politics in 2018.

Rombouts has come under fire in her term voicing opposition to vaccination mandates and her support of those protesting against them with the intent to remove the current government in Ottawa.

In Brooke-Alvinston, Incumbent Dave Ferguson filed his papers to run a second time for mayor early. But the list of candidates now shows Councillor Jamie Armstrong seeking to unseed the one-term mayor.

The pair have often clashed during council meetings. Armstrong, a member of the Alvinston Optimist, has been dogged in his efforts advance a building project at the arena. That has led Ferguson to seek advice from the Integrity Commissioner to see if Armstrong is in a conflict by pushing the projects forward. He wasn’t.

Incumbent Petrolia Mayor Brad Loosley is also facing a challenge by former town employee, Richard Poore. Loosley is currently under investigation by the town’s Integrity Commissioner.

In Plympton-Wyoming; Deputy Mayor Muriel Wright is the first to toss her hat in the ring to replace the retiring Lonny Napper.