Vot­ing to take place Dec. 6

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

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.

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