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.

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