Sta­tus quo at Bay Roberts town hall

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The cit­i­zens of Bay Roberts must have been as con­tented with the rest of their coun­cil as they were with their mayor.

All six in­cum­bents have been re­turned to of­fice for an­other four years.

The only change could be in the deputy mayor’s chair.

Rookie coun­cil­lor Philip Wood, who was elected to coun­cil in a by-elec­tion last year, topped the poll with 1,129 votes.

While the coun­cil­lor with the high­est num­ber of votes usu­ally gets the nod, the fi­nal deci- sion on who the new deputy mayor will be is up to coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lor Bill Sey­mour fin­ished in sec­ond place with 1,036 votes, fol­lowed by Wal­ter Yet­man with 1,027; Deputy Mayor Melvin Walsh, 973; Clarence G. Mercer, 960 and Ger­ald Green­land, 916.

None of the eight new­com­ers, which in­cluded four women and two younger candidates got a look in.

Of the new­com­ers, Ruth Brown came clos­est to a seat with 755 votes, fol­lowed by Kim Mul­lett-Neill, 607, Betty Par­sons, 433; Ger­ald Fen­nemore, 401; Dean Franey, 344; Ed­mond Pot- tle, 258; Sean Elms, 256, and Hayward S. But­ler, 189.

Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john was ac­claimed mayor on Sept. 1 when no­body came for­ward to chal­lenge him for the chain of of­fice by the close of nom­i­na­tions. That marked the sec­ond time for Lit­tle­john to be ac­claimed mayor, hav­ing been ac­claimed to the post for the first time in 2005.

Fifty per cent of Bay Roberts’ 4,300 el­i­gi­ble vot­ers turned out at the polls.

The to­tal num­ber of votes ac­cepted was 9,284. Some 2,146 bal­lots were cast and only five spoiled bal­lots were recorded.

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