Des­mond McDon­ald elected mayor of St. An­thony

‘I’m happy peo­ple put their faith in me.’

Northern Pen - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS ST. AN­THONY, NL

The votes are all tal­lied and Des­mond McDon­ald will be the new mayor of St. An­thony.

McDon­ald, who has served on the Town of St. An­thony’s coun­cil since Fe­bru­ary 2016, de­feated Boyd Noel in the St. An­thony may­oral race.

He re­ceived 620 votes to Noel’s 288.

“I’m a lit­tle over­whelmed with all the sup­port,” McDon­ald told the North­ern Pen. “I’m very ap­pre­cia­tive of it. I’m happy the peo­ple have put their faith in me.”

He was look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing with friends and fam­ily at a friend’s home.

McDon­ald wished to thank every­one who sup­ported him, in­clud­ing his wife, par­ents and fam­ily.

“This stuff doesn’t come by easy and every­one helps con­trib­ute to it,” he said. “When you run for pol­i­tics, you’re not only open­ing the door to your­self, you open the door to your whole fam­ily. So, they have to be sup­port­ive and I’m ap­pre­cia­tive of that.”

McDon­ald also wished to thank his op­po­nent, Boyd Noel, for the race.

“It’s very brave to put your name for­ward,” he said. “He’s served this town very well in the past and I want to con­grat­u­late him on that. He’s al­ways been very cor­dial to me, we’ve al­ways had a good re­la­tion­ship and I look for­ward to work­ing with him in his other ca­pac­ity as chair of the Labrador-Gren­fell Health.”

Noel, who has pre­vi­ously served as mayor of the town, echoed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments.

He said he con­grat­u­lated his op­po­nent whole­heart­edly.

“I think we had a great cam­paign, no­body got dirty with it and ev­ery­thing went quite well,” he said. “I have noth­ing but the ut­most re­spect for the in­di­vid­ual.”

De­spite the de­feat, Noel felt sat­is­fied with his show­ing.

“I gave it a run, I tried and I still got lots to do,” he said, re­fer­ring to his other po­si­tions.

He wished to thank his sup­port­ers.

Both may­oral can­di­dates also con­grat­u­lated every­one who put their name for­ward and was elected to coun­cil as well.

Both men agreed it’s a chal­lenge to put your name for­ward.

“Now it’s a chal­lenge for them over the next four years,” said Noel.

In­cum­bents Krista Lynn How­ell, Eric Boyd, Bruce Payne, and Darl Scott were re-elected to coun­cil. Brad Jo­han­nessen and Mark Pil­grim were elected to coun­cil and will each serve their first terms.

NORTH­ERN PEN PHOTO

Des­mond McDon­ald has been elected as the next mayor of St. An­thony.

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