Elec­tion re­sults

Out­go­ing mayor Claude El­liott ex­its mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics af­ter 27 years

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL THE BEA­CON Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

The re­sults of the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions within the Bea­con’s cov­er­age area.

GAN­DER, NL – Tak­ing his place be­hind the coun­cil cham­bers ta­ble for the last time, out­go­ing mayor Claude El­liott called the meet­ing to order.

In his last of­fi­cial act, El­liott wel­comed in­com­ing mayor Percy Far­well and elected coun­cil­lors – Tara Pol­lett, Gina Brown, Robert An­stey, Oswald Fudge, Pat Wood­ford and Brian Dove – to coun­cil.

El­liott, who spent 27 years on coun­cil, was in good spir­its, jok­ing that the Sept. 26 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion was a ruse and he would not be re­lin­quish­ing power. But when the time came he re­moved his liv­ery col­lar and placed it on the new mayor’s shoul­ders.

He wished Far­well luck, and in true El­liott fash­ion got in one last quip – he wanted to make a mu­nic­i­pal com­plaint as a cit­i­zen be­fore tak­ing his seat in the gallery.

His 27 years in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics had come to an end.

With his exit still fresh, El­liott said after­wards it feels like the start of a va­ca­tion.

“I’m go­ing to wake up one morn­ing af­ter those two or three weeks and re­al­ize I don’t have to go to work, and say ‘well, what do I do?’” he said. “Com­ing in every day and deal­ing with the is­sues – I’m go­ing to miss it, but I’m just go­ing to have to fill my time with some­thing else. I’ve got plans so I’ll be fine.”

With the coun­cil­lors sworn in, Far­well re­sumed the coun­cil meet­ing.

The only item on the agenda was to adopt a new deputy mayor, which went to Tara Pol­lett, who re­ceived the pop­u­lar vote with 2,034 votes.

Far­well passed along his praise to El­liott for his ded­i­ca­tion to coun­cil over the decades and is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing with each coun­cil­lor in the com­ing days to talk about moving the town for­ward over the next four years.

“I’ll be look­ing to meet­ing with each (coun­cil­lor) in­di­vid­u­ally…so we can get our­selves struc­turally set up and moving for­ward the agenda of the com­mu­nity and ful­fill­ing our obli­ga­tion,” he said. “It’s a very solemn obli­ga­tion we just took to do the best we can for the greater good of this com­mu­nity.”

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Gan­der’s new­est coun­cil, from the back, left: Brian Dove, Pat Wood­ford, Oswald Fudge, Robert An­stey. Front: Deputy Mayor Tara Pol­lett, Mayor Percy Far­well and Gina Brown.

ADAM RAN­DELL/THE BEA­CON

Past Gan­der mayor Claude El­liott, right, con­grat­u­lates Mayor Percy Far­well on his re­cent elec­tion to coun­cil.

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