Some new blood on Har­bour Grace coun­cil

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Vet­eran mayor Don Coombs had no trou­ble hold­ing onto his chain of of­fice in Har­bour Grace this week.

In the sec­ond may­oral race with his ri­val, Kathy Tetford, Coombs at­tracted 919 votes to Tetford’s 586, a mar­gin of 333 votes. Tetford did man­age to nar­row the mar­gin of Coombs’ victory from the 421 votes by which he de­feated then deputy mayor Tetford in the 2005 mu­nic­i­pal gen­eral elec­tion. The fi­nal score at that time was Coombs, 1,046; Tetford, 625.

Four new faces will sit around the coun­cil cham­bers for the next term. New­comer Terry Barnes, who has been un­suc­cess­ful in pre­vi­ous elec­tions, topped the poll this time around with 944 votes, fol­lowed by in­cum­bents Joan A. Short, 855; Wen­dell E. Hunt Sr., 835; Al­bert ( Bud) Chafe, 747; new­comer Wal­ter R. Walsh, 698 and in­cum­bent David Mur­phy, 671.

In­cum­bent coun­cil­lors, Tom Short with 594 and Steven O’Neill, 583 were un­suc­cess­ful in their bids for re-elec­tion.

Kevin Haire, with 398 votes and Eric F. Reynolds with 349 were also un­suc­cess­ful in their at­tempts at a coun­cil seat.

Har­bour Grace has 2,553 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers.

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