Cupids looks for can­di­dates

Nom­i­na­tions for va­cant coun­cil seat due Nov. 18

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

The Town of Cupids is ac­cept­ing nom­i­na­tions for a sec­ond time to fill a va­cant coun­cil seat.

Frank Bishop Jr. was killed in an air­plane crash in Labrador this past June, along with the plane’s pi­lot, Paul Deer­ing.

Chief re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Ivy King says the town waited un­til the fall to ac­cept nom­i­na­tions out of re­spect to the fam­ily of the late councillor. “It was a hard time for ev­ery­body,” says King. Ac­cord­ing to law, a va­cant coun­cil seat must be filled within three months, but King says the town asked the pro­vin­cial govern­ment for an ex­ten­sion.

The com­mu­nity of 790 res­i­dents made one prior at­tempt to find can­di­dates for the seat, with nom­i­na­tions ac­cepted un­til Oct. 26. No can­di­dates came for­ward at that time, which may have been sur­pris­ing given the level of in­ter­est shown in coun­cil dur­ing the 2009 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

“I thought that some­body would come for­ward,” says King.

Four­teen can­di­dates ran last fall. Bishop was one of two in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors to be re-elected.

If mul­ti­ple can­di­dates are nom­i­nated to seek the va­cant coun­cil seat, a by-elec­tion will be held Dec. 9, with vot­ing to take place at the Cupids Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Nom­i­na­tions are be­ing ac­cepted at the Cupids Town Hall un­til 8 p.m. on Nov. 18.

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