Status quo at Bay Roberts town hall
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.