Retired dentist Greg Frazer, who clinched his seat on Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council at the Sept. 3 by-election by seven votes from his nearest opponent, has officially been sworn in.
He took his oath of office at a general council meeting Tuesday night, saying he was honoured to have been given the role.
Frazer promised not to “betray the people’s trust” as he read from SNGR’s Oath of Office.
“This is my solemn oath,” he intoned.
After the official swearing-in, Frazer said was honoured to take on the role for the 58th elected council.
“It’s quite an honour to represent Six Nations,” said Frazer. “As everyone knows, we’re probably the largest (First Nation) in Canada. Many, many nations look towards us as leaders. We have many issues that I think are coming forward, especially with the land.”
He has a little over a year to fill the role, as there will be a general election in the fall of 2023, four years into the 58th elected council’s term.
“I’m very honoured to be a part of. Thank you very much.”
Frazer and three other community members sought the position after it was left vacant by former Councillor Wendy Johnson, who resigned in July.
Frazer took home 89 votes, just ahead of his nearest opponent Alaina Vanevery, who took home 82 votes.
Frazer brings the total number of councillors on board back to nine seats.