Close race

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Peo­ple in Carbonear were ex­pect­ing a close race for the mayor’s chair last Tues­day night. And that’s ex­actly what they got.

But in the end, in­cum­bent mayor Sam Slade pre­vailed, de­feat­ing his chal­lenger, coun­cil­lor Fred Earle by 286 votes. Slade gar­nered 1,394 votes to Earle’s 1,108.

Gla­dys Mercer was the only one of the three in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors in the run­ning to hold on to her seat. She fin­ished in last place among the elected coun­cil­lors, with 858 votes. The other two in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors, Jim Bur- den and John Comer­ford lost their seats, with 758 and 682 votes re­spec­tively.

Of the five new­com­ers who will make up the new coun­cil, Ches Ash topped the poll with 1,306 votes, fol­lowed by David Kennedy, 1,230; Ge­orge Butt Jr., 1,167; Betty For­ward, 1,124 and Ed Goff, 938.

Ge­orge Butt Jr. is a for­mer coun­cil­lor, deputy mayor and mayor, who is back on coun­cil.

Among the un­suc­cess­ful new­com­ers were: De­bra Brad­bury, 637; Ger­ald (Gerry) Power, 577; Paul Bald­win, 572; Ben Baker Jr., 484; Debbie Reynolds, 467; Mike

Hearn, 433; Brenda Trick­ett, 425; Bruce Foote, 364 and Clay Oates, 336.

For­mer deputy mayor Ned Slade and coun­cil­lor Terry Em­ber­ley did not seek re-elec­tion this time around.

Mean­while, newly elected coun­cil­lor, Ches Ash, who is ex­pected to be sworn in as deputy mayor this week, says he is looking for­ward to beginning his first term on coun­cil.

Ash says dur­ing the cam­paign he pro­vided a detailed plat­form, “based on my per­sonal phi­los­o­phy of deal­ing with peo­ple, my con­fi­dence in the po­ten­tial of our town and my will­ing­ness to be part of a lead­er­ship team com­mit­ted to do what is best for this town and its peo­ple. The vot­ers have en­dorsed that plat­form and I’m pleased with the con­fi­dence and sup­port they have demon­strated for me.”

Ash says he looks for­ward to be­ing part of that lead­er­ship team and work­ing with the mayor in the best in­ter­est of the town and its res­i­dents.

He says he is also looking for­ward to help­ing en­sure res­i­dents are pro­vided with qual­ity ser­vices and prompt re­sponse to their en­quires.

“It is also im­por­tant for the new coun­cil to be­come ac­tively in­volved in pro­mot­ing the town and to demon­strate lead­er­ship in mov­ing for­ward on crit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment is­sues such as town in­fra­struc­ture, har­bour fa­cil­i­ties, hous­ing, busi­ness/in­dus­try projects, waste re­duc­tion ini­tia­tives and ac­cess­ing gov­ern­ment fund­ing,” Ash sug­gested.

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