Cupids looks for candidates
Nominations for vacant council seat due Nov. 18
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.