Who Will Be The Next District Chair For The District of Muskoka


The District of Muskoka’s seat for the Office of District Chair will soon be filled for the next four years. Applications opened earlier this spring – six (6) applications were received by the deadline at 4:00 p.m. today.

The following candidates have submitted nomination papers for the position:

  • Curry Clifford
  • Jeffrey Lehman
  • Terry Pilger
  • Howard Rosenthal
  • Don Smith
  • Tim Withey

A “Meet the Candidates” debate is scheduled in the District’s Council Chamber and will be webcast for community viewing.

Meet the Candidates: District Chair Debate – Monday, November 28, 2022

Jean Polak, a local Bracebridge Lawyer has been appointed to moderate the event. The six candidates will come together in person on Monday, November 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the District’s Council Chamber.

Community members are encouraged to submit questions in advance for consideration with Ms. Polak administering the debate process.

Members of the public, media, Council-elect, and staff can submit questions for consideration by Ms. Polak by Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. by e-mailing the District Clerk, Amy Back at amy.back@muskoka.on.ca.

If you require assistance or would like to submit a question over the telephone, we’re here to help. Please contact the District Clerk at 705-645-2100 ext. 4253.

Community members are encouraged to view the proceedings via the District’s webcast.

The District Chair is anticipated to be announced on December 5, 2022.

Newly-elected Councillors will be sworn in at the first Council meeting on December 5, 2022. During this meeting, Councillors will select the next District Chair via a secret ballot.

Dates at a glance:

  • Applications close: Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Deadline for Questions for Debate: Thursday, November 24, 2022 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Candidates Debate: Monday, November 28, 2022 – 3:00 p.m.
  • District Chair appointed: Monday, December 5, 2022 – 3:00 p.m.


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