Four on the ballot
Spaniard’s Bay voters have plenty of choice in Nov. 2 byelection
Voters in Spaniard’s Bay will see some familiar names on the ballot when the polls open for a municipal byelection at 8 a.m. on Nov. 2.
All four candidates — Mose Anthony, Chris Barrett, Tony Dominix and Mary J. Mesh — were unsuccessful in the September 2009 general election.
“I’m going to give it one more shot,” said Dominix, who came within 19 votes — 419 in total — of the seventh spot on council last year. This is his third attempt at a seat.
Mesh finished with 366; Anthony had 360; and Barrett garnered 264.
Mesh is a resident of Tilton, which amalgamated with Spaniard’s Bay, and believes it’s time that someone from her community had a seat on council.
“ We need a voice from Tilton,” she said.
Anthony turns 69 on election day, and is hoping for a special birthday present from voters.
“I feel I can do the job as good as anybody,” he said last week.
Anthony served 22 years on council before losing his seat in last year’s election.
“I think we have four good candidates,” he said. “All I ask is that people get out and vote.”
All four candidates spoke about the new industrial park that is being planned for Tilton, and wholeheartedly support the project.
“That will do a lot for the community. It will raise our infrastructure and get a good tax base,” said Barrett.
A byelection became necessary following the resignation of former councillor Calvin Noseworthy. About the candidates: • Mose Anthony — a retired heavy equipment operator who worked at Wabush Mines in Labrador for 33 years. He moved back to Spaniard’s Bay in 1989. He resides on Anthony’s Road; his wife’s name is Sylvia; they have two adult children, Bill and Sylvia.
• Chris Barrett — a control technician with Controls and Equipment in St. John’s. Barrett and his wife Renee have two children; Victoria, 10, and threeyear-old Naomi. Resides on Shore Road and is 37 years-of-age.
• Tony Dominix — owner/operator of a small engine repair company. Dominix and his partner Gail Gosse have two adult children. Resides on Costello’s Road and is 49 years-of-age.
• Mary J. Mesh — cares for a woman with challenging needs, and is employed through Eastern Health. Is married to Aiden Mesh; they have three adult children, Jacqueline, Michelle and Aiden Jr., and six grandchildren. Resides on Mesh’s Lane and is 56 years-of-age.
Current members of council include Mayor John Drover, deputy mayor Tony Menchions, and councillors Eric Jewer, Brenda Seymour, Wayne Smith, and Sheri Collins.
Meanwhile, an advance poll will take place on Oct. 30 at the recreation centre on Back Cove Road North.
On Nov. 2, polling booths will be located at the recreation centre for residents of Spaniard’s Bay, and at All Saints Church for residents of Big Pond Road, Tilton and Gullies. The polling stations open at 8 a.m., and close at 8 p.m.
Mary J. Mesh