The 2021 Teyendinaga Mohawk Council election will be held this Saturday.
Members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte are encouraged to cast their ballots to decide who will fill the role of chief and council.
After serving as premier for 28 years, and serving as a member of the council for an additional 12 years, the premier, Don Maracle, is running for re-election.
“The community knows that I have always been very dedicated and will leave no stone unturned to achieve success,” says Markal. “I don’t like too much rhetoric, I like results. And, you know, you can speak in a fine line, but at the end of the day, you’re measured by what you achieve. You get what you want.” Not by what you say, but by what you do, people benefit from it.
The local business owner, Andrew Miracle, would run against Maracal for major.
“Look, look around,” says Miracle. “Look what I’ve done, look at the things I’ve built. I’ve built multi-million dollar businesses, and I can still keep going. I have friends who are millionaires to work with us.” Support and willing. Let’s let them work with us.”
Both candidates say they want to prioritize long-term care homes, safe drinking water and job creation as platform points, but have differing views on how to be successful.
Maracle says he would also like to focus efforts on affordable housing, post-secondary education funding and continuing the “good working relationships” he has built with federal and provincial governments.
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,There are so many challenges that we have to face,” says Marrakal. “And I think if we have a dedicated leader on the council, you can make progress. I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made in terms of our community.”
Miracle believes that the issue that members care about is the lack of communication between the council and its members. And he says development within the region will benefit the community through job creation.
“35 years (I) was the only gas station here in the area,” Miracle says. “Now we have about 30 gas stations. We have enough gas stations, but now we have to start other jobs.”
When asked what voters should consider while casting their vote, both the candidates had this to say:
“We are the people who control the government,” Miracle says. “You are the people who should have a say. You don’t have it, but you’re going to have a say in this government.”
“If I have your continued faith, vote for me,” says Markle. “And let us all work together and continue to make our community strong and prosperous.”
Members can cast their vote in advance at Quint Mohawk School from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. or by mail-in ballot.
While Quinte Mohawk School was closed on Friday for contact tracing and sanitization following the identification of some positive COVID cases, members are being assured that there will be no additional exposure to voting at the school on Saturday Is.
The results of the counting of votes are likely to be declared on Sunday morning.