Karen Robinet running for council in Ward 6

Karen Robinet is running for council in Ward 6. The veteran municipal affairs reporter has intimate knowledge of the political process locally, having covered council for Sun Media for about six years.

Karen Robinet is running for council in Ward 6. The veteran municipal affairs reporter has intimate knowledge of the political process locally, having covered council for Sun Media for about six years.

By Greg Holden

The municipal election just got a lot more interesting with the news that Karen Robinet is running for a council position in Ward 6. Robinet is a veteran reporter on municipal affairs with over 30 years of journalism experience. She has covered our local council for about six years with Sun Media and previously she was at the Sarnia Observer for eight years. Robinet is also well-known locally for her work with Theatre Kent.

In speaking with the CKReview Robinet spoke of some of the changes she offers as a councilor. “I think we should get back to basics and look at what the municipality should be doing and what is required. We need to regain our focus, which is a little bit scattered. There have been a lot of good things (done by council) in the past term, but I see a divided community.” Robinet says one of the changes she wants is to bring the rural and urban communities of Chatham-Kent together. When talking about amalgamation she said, “It was a long time ago. Chatham is the urban centre and it is time to move forward.”

Robinet will have a website that details more of what she has in mind for Chatham-Kent up soon.

There are now 17 candidates for Ward 6. Six of them will be elected. The others are: Michael Bondy, Ed Broad, Darrin Canniff, Penelope Duchesne, Mark Holman, Kirk Hooker, Brandon Houston, Aaron Hurst, Brock McGregor, Matthew McReynolds, Bob Myers, Derek Robertson, Chad R. Sauve, Eric Schrank, Doug Sulman, Dale Van Dusen.

Bondy, Myers, Robertson and Sulman are seeking re-election. Councilor Anne Gilbert is not expected to file her nomination papers and Marjorie Crew has vacated her Ward 6 council seat to run for mayor.