Councillor to be sworn in
Wade Oates to become newest member of Bay Roberts town council
The newest member of the Bay Roberts town council will be sworn in during a meeting at the town office on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Wades Oates was victorious in a byelection held Dec. 6, garnering 320 of the 1,050 votes cast.
Charlene Dawe- Roach finished second with 260 votes, while Dean Franey (216), Gerald Fennemore (148) and Jim Parsons (96) rounded out the five-candidate field.
Oates fills a vacancy created following the resignation of former mayor Glenn Littlejohn, who was elected MHA for Port de Grave in the Oct. 11 provincial general election.
The resulting shuffle saw deputy mayor Phillip Wood move up to the mayor’s chair, and veteran councillor Bill Seymour filling the position of deputy mayor.
Oates’ role on council is still unknown.
“I will have to see what committees I’m on first,” Oates said after the election.
Oates is a volunteer coach with Bay Arena minor hockey, and said recreational programming and infrastructure will be one of his priorities.
Oates recognized that it in order to get in, he had to work harder than most, but acknowledged: “I got started late in the campaign process.”
Once Oates did get started, he felt like he did as much as anyone to win the election.
“I worked pretty hard to get in,” he said.
“But now that I’m in, I’m going work along with the ones who are there.” How it all shook out En route to victory, Oates captured four of the seven polls in the election. Oates got 72 votes in the advance poll, which staked him to an early lead.
His largest support came from the region from the Cross Roads to the Conception Bay Highway (Shearstown to Powell’s), where he received 106 votes.
Coley’s Point, including Bareneed Road, belonged to Dawe-roach (100 votes).
Dean Franey, who also ran in the 2009 municipal election, captured Shearstown, east of the Veterans Memorial Highway overpass and west of the Veterans Memorial Highway overpass to the end of Butlerville Road with 42 and 60 votes, respectively.