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.