Prevost reelected SD&G warden in hat draw

South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost, seen here in a December 2018, file photo, has been reelected warden of the United Counties of SD&G on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. The election came down to a draw. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost will be warden of the United Counties of SD&G for 2021.

The contest between Prevost and North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser for the top spot ended in two tie votes by county councillors. Clerk Helen Thomson had to pull a name from a hat to make the decision.

Before the vote, Prevost felt he didn’t fulfill his duties as warden in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and described it as being “cheated” out of representing the county.

Challenger Tony Fraser had wanted to lead a “progressive regional government” and carry the torch for the upper-tier municipality.

“Congratulations to you. My commitment to this SD&G council is unwavering and I will sure work hand in hand with all your efforts,” Fraser said.

The warden would normally be installed in December in a ceremony but with COVID-19, it’s not known yet what will take place.

Prevost had been nominated by Coun. Lyle Warden (South Glengarry) and supported by Coun. Dave Smith (South Stormont). Fraser had been nominated by Coun. Allan Armstrong (North Dundas) and supported by Coun. Kirsten Gardner (South Dundas).