Clr David Mitchell's plans to set up a booth at the Winona Peach Festival, is raising questions as the festival has historically remained non-political and non-religious. Political campaigning is frowned upon. Mitchell argues that the purpose of the booth is to secure signatures on a petition which he plans to present to council, for a new rec centre in Winona.
In a statement, Winona resident Ken Chartrand, contender for Ward 11 writes "The Winona Peach Festival is a very important part of our community's history and it's one of the things that makes
Brenda Johnson, a recently registered ward 11 contender, as quoted in the Stoney Creek news also questions the timing of the push, adding that "I guess an election is around the corner".
Chartrand added " I will not have a booth and will not be campaigning. We want to keep the Winona Peach Festival a community-first event. " Johnson also has indicated that she will not have a booth at the festival.
Clr Mitchell, is no stranger to controversy having been censured by Hamilton City Council for trying to influence a council decision on his own property. A previous council also censured Mitchell for trying to use his position for getting out of a speeding ticket.
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