No short­age of can­di­dates for Labrador City town coun­cil

Mayor Karen Old­ford not seek­ing re-election

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE POWER

While many towns in New­found­land and Labrador strug­gle to find enough can­di­dates to run for coun­cil, the Town of Labrador City is go­ing to need an ex­tra-large bal­lot to ac­com­mo­date the long list of can­di­dates vy­ing for coun­cil seats.

With seven po­si­tions up for grabs, 15 peo­ple have reg­is­tered as can­di­dates for the Sept. 26 election.

For this election, there is no sep­a­rate election for mayor. Coun­cil voted ear­lier this year to change the election to seven can­di­dates with the po­si­tion of mayor to be of­fered to the can­di­date with the most votes.

The can­di­dates for coun­cil are:

Ju­nior Humphries, Edward Con­way, Christo­pher Lacey, John Pen­ney and Clarence Rogers who are presently mem­bers of coun­cil.

Also run­ning are:

Nick McGrath, Jor­dan Brown, Ken Lawlor, Fabian Benoit, Wayne But­ton, Richard Fa­hey ,Toby Leon, Jamie-Lynn Pat­ter­son, Peter Pike and Corinna Wentzell.

No­tice­ably ab­sent is the cur­rent Mayor Karen Old­ford.

“I didn’t make up my mind till the morn­ing of nom­i­na­tion day,” she told the Aurora. “I have work com­mit­ments that would have made it dif­fi­cult to de­vote the time needed to be mayor.”

(More on that de­ci­sion and her thoughts on be­ing mayor will be in an up­com­ing edi­tion of the Aurora.)

The Ad­vance poll takes place on Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. un­til 8 p.m. The poll will be at the Labrador City town hall.

The election is Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. un­til 8 p.m. Polling sta­tions will be at the Glad Tid­ings Pen­te­costal Church on Hud­son Drive, and the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion on McParland Drive. The polling di­vi­sions will be posted in this edi­tion of the Aurora and the next two.

Mean­while Old­ford is en­cour­ag­ing ci­ti­zens to get out and vote and be a part of the process of choos­ing a coun­cil.

“Voter turnout has been low in re­cent elec­tions,” she said. “I would like for more of our ci­ti­zens to get out and choose the can­di­dates they feel would make good coun­cil mem­bers.”

Mean­while coun­cil has ar­ranged a public ses­sion for res­i­dents to meet their can­di­dates. It will be held Wed­nes­day, Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the O’Brien hall.

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Fif­teen peo­ple have reg­is­tered to run in the up­com­ing mu­nic­i­pal election.

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