Voting to take place Dec. 6
Voters in Bay Roberts will have five candidates to choose from in the Dec. 6 municipal byelection.
Candidates include the following: Charlene Dawe-roach, Gerald Fennemore, Dean Franey, Wade Oates and James ( Jim) Parsons.
Dawe-roach, Fennemore and Franey have run unsuccessfully in past municipal elections, while Oates and Parsons are making their first attempts at elected politics.
All five filed nomination papers prior to the deadline on Nov. 14.
The byelection was prompted following the recent departure of former mayor Glenn Littlejohn, who was elected MHA for Port de Grave (Progressive Conservative) in the Oct. 11 provincial general election.
Deputy Mayor Phillip Wood was recently sworn in as mayor, and long-time councillor Bill Seymour is the new deputy mayor. The new member will join fellow councillors Walter Yetman, Clarence G. Mercer, Gerald Greenland and Melvin Walsh.
Voting will take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the following locations: Salvation Army Hall, Water Street, Bay Roberts; Grace United Hall, Kelly’s Road, Coley’s Point; and the Shearstown Lions Club.
An advance poll will be held Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.at the town hall on Water Street.
Town officials say the byelection will cost between $15,000 and $20,000.
There are some 4,300 eligible voters, though only 32 per cent of voters cast ballots in the last byelection in 2008.