New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island candidates, 1978 Prince Edward Island provincial election
Garry Wayne Herring was born and raised in Prince Edward Island. The son of a fisherman, he left school in the tenth grade and moved to Toronto, where he worked in security. He later moved to Oklahoma—where he became a police officer and owned a small restaurant—before returning to Prince Edward Island to work in the lobster fishery. He was a New Democratic Party candidate in the 1978 provincial election and finished third against future premier Pat Binns.
Herring moved to Peterborough, Ontario, in 1995, where he operated a diner and acted as a Christian minister with the small Fisher of Men fellowship. He was elected to the Peterborough City Council in the 2003 election, finishing second in the Otonabee Ward. He was fifty-three years old at the time. Herring was appointed as chair of the social services committee in December 2003 and was reassigned as chair of the city's natural area strategy two months later.
In office, Herring expressed a social conservatism at variance with his former party. He opposed the proclamation of a gay pride day for Peterborough in 2004 and later spoke against safe sex advertisements that he regarded as pornographic. He referenced several passages from the Christian Bible at a council meeting in early 2005, in an unsuccessful attempt to convince other councillors that Peterborough should not sanction same-sex marriages. The journal Peterborough This Week rated him lowest among Peterborough councillors in its 2004 and 2005 report cards. Herring ran for mayor of Peterborough in the 2006 municipal election and finished seventh in a field of eight candidates. He made an unsuccessful attempt to return to council in 2010.
|1978 provincial||4th Kings Assemblyman||New Democratic Party||88||3.49||3/3||Pat Binns, Progressive Conservative|
|2003 Peterborough municipal||Councillor, Otonabee Ward||n/a||1,685||19.94||2/7||Paul Rexe and himself|
|2006 Peterborough municipal||Mayor||n/a||721||2.90||7/8||Paul Ayotte|
|2010 Peterborough municipal||Councillor, Town Ward||n/a||582||11.57||4/4||Dean Pappas and Bill Juby|
- Lois Tuffin, "Right where he belongs," Peterborough This Week, 18 February 2004, p. 09; Michael Hammond, "Councillor condemns safe-sex ads," Peterborough Examiner, 5 October 2004, B1.
- JoElle Kovach, "Minister first into Otonabee race," Peterborough Examiner, 17 April 2003, B5; Erika Tuskin and David Smith, "Rookies will mix with veterans in new term," Peterborough Examiner, 11 November 2003.
- JoElle Kovach, "Mayor names appointments," Peterborough Examiner, 3 December 2003, B3; "Mayor shuffles committee chairs," Peterborough Examiner, 10 February 2004, B2.
- Michael Hammond, "Calendar, gay parade costs upset Herring," Peterborough Examiner, 31 August 2004, A1; Lois Tuffin, "AIDS education ads termed 'pornographic'," Peterborough This Week, 6 October 2004, p. 00.
- Mike Lacey, "Herring's same-sex marriage concern falls on deaf ears," Peterborough This Week, 19 January 2005, p. 02 In the same period, he called for Member of Parliament Peter Adams to resign for supporting same-sex marriage. See Rachel Punch, "Councillor says MP should quit for backing same-sex marriage," Peterboroug Examiner, 28 January 2005, B3.
- Mike Lacey, "Report Card mark had councillor thinking of quitting post again but he's not," Peterborough This Week, 29 October 2005, p. 06; Mike Lacey, "Strong leads but a weak cast," Peterborough This Week, 9 November 2005, p. 01.
- Paul Rellinger, "Pappas returns to Town Ward seat," myKawartha.com, 26 October 2010, accessed 15 November 2010.
- Brendan Wedley, "Herring ordered to pay for sign," Peterborough Examiner, 11 May 2006, B1.