Four on the bal­lot

Spa­niard’s Bay vot­ers have plenty of choice in Nov. 2 by­elec­tion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRYROBERTS edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Chris Bar­rett

Mary J. Mesh

Tony Do­minix

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