Candidates will be able to file or withdraw their nominations as of May 2, 2022 until August 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm. This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. 

Nomination Process

Candidates are to contact, or call 705-687-3412, in order to book an appointment with the Clerk, or designate, to submit their nomination papers, beginning May 2, 2022. Hours to book an appointment will be from Monday to Friday (except holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Nomination papers will be accepted until August 19, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Scheduled appointments will not be available during the following dates due to prior commitments:
Monday, June 13th to Wednesday, June 15th (inclusive)

Candidates must submit a completed Nomination Form and Endorsement of Nomination along with the nomination fee ($200 for head of council, $100 for all other positions) to the Clerk, or designate, during the scheduled appointment. These forms are available for download from the links below, or in paper format at the entrance to the Municipal Office (3-5 Pineridge Gate):

Form 1 - Nomination Form

Form 2 - Endorsement of Nomination

Candidate Information

Following submission of Nomination papers to the Clerk, or designate, Candidate information will be provided below within 24 hours.

Disclaimer: Any and all webpages linked from this website are operated and created solely by external third-party entities who have sole responsibility for the operation and information found on their respective websites. The Town of Gravenhurst is not responsible for any linked content, does not assume any liability whatsoever for the operation and/or content of any linked websites, and does not endorse or guarantee any content whatsoever expressed in any linked webpages. The list of Candidates below have not been certified by the Clerk, as is deemed unofficial until certification on August 22, 2022.


NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media
Marc Mantha

1029 Ruttans Road East

Terry Pilger 1834 Houseys Rapids Road 705-687-4575   





 District Councillor (3 positions)
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media
John Gordon

1019 Evanswood Drive

Gordie Merton 3-865 First Street South 705-710-4421   @gordiemerton

Peter M. Johnston

6-315 Bay Street



 Councillor Ward 1
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media
 Penny Varney 280 Hughson Street 705-687-2071   





 Councillor Ward 2
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media
Jo Morphy   905-479-8927  





 Councillor Ward 3
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media
Michelle Robinson 1003 Elderberry Lane 705-955-4060   





 Councillor Ward 4
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media





 Councillor Ward 5
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media





 Trustee -Trillium Lakelands District School Board (1 position)
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media
Louise Clodd 2030 Windermere Road
Muskoka Lakes, ON






 Trustee - Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board - Zone 5
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media





 Trustee - Conseil Scolaire Public du Nord-Est de L'Ontario - Zone A
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media





 Trustee - Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre - Sud - #64
NameAddressPhone #Email / WebsiteSocial Media





Muskoka Votes Map

In collaboration with Geographic Information System (GIS) Staff at the District of Muskoka, the Town of Gravenhurst is pleased to provide residents the Muskoka Votes Map as a visual tool to review the list of races and candidates in their respective areas. The interactive map will be regularly updated as the Muskoka Clerks continue to receive and accept nominations in their respective municipalities.

Instructions on how to use the platform are located below the search bar on the left-hand side of the screen after clicking the link to the map below.

Gravenhurst Map
Muskoka Map

Information for Candidates and Third-Party Advertisers

Thinking of Running for Municipal Council or School Board Trustee?  An Information Session for Municipal Election and School Board Candidates was held on April 5, 2022. You can view the video here:

Candidate Information Session (VIDEO) - April 5, 2022

This session was hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and provides information on:

  • Roles and responsibilities of elected officials, staff and Third-Party Advertisers
  • Eligibility rules
  • Nomination process
  • Campaign finances
  • Compliance audit
  • Voters’ list
  • Scrutineers
  • Recounts
  • Resources

Link to Presentation Slides

For more information on how to run as a candidate for local council, or how to register as a third-party advertiser, the 2022 Candidates' Guide and 2022 Third-Party Advertisers' Guide - provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - are now available.

Information for School Board Trustee Candidates

Details on the nomination process and rules governing school board elections can found here.


Lead Where You Live: AMO’s Guide to Running for Municipal Election Available Now

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) understands there are many moving parts and things to know when it comes to running for municipal council.

With the October 2022 election in mind, AMO has assembled an easy-to-use guide that provides all the information you need when preparing to run for council. What you will find in AMO’s guide are important considerations on managing your campaign like:

  • How municipal government works, including the role of council and structure of government
  • Key things to know about managing a campaign, including key dates and eligibility requirements
  • Rules related to campaigning, including campaign finance rules
  • Tips for dealing with media/social media
  • Election day and information about voting
  • Key resources for after the election

Although the Lead Where You Live guide doesn’t get into the ins and outs of council and council meetings, it does highlight things you will want to get familiar with during your campaign so you are prepared should you be elected.

After the election, AMO will be providing a range of training and resources to help incoming councillors navigate the ins and outs of council meetings, legislation, staff-council relationships, conflict of interest and so much more.

This new and refreshed guide replaces AMO’s 'So You Are Thinking of Running for Council'. 

Note: This guide is for individual purchase and not available for reproduction or sharing.

Get your copy of Lead Where You Live here.

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