Whiteway fills council position through acclamation
The Town of Whiteway is growing, and Derrick Jackson wanted to be a part of that expansion.
And, what better way to play a role than to be a member of the town council.
“I think it is something everybody should experience,” said the Whiteway native of his reason to run for politics.
The town had an open seat in its council chambers due to the departure of Freeman Legge for medical reasons, and as a result, intended to hold a byelection to decide who would replace Legge.
After the period for nominations ended Jan. 26, there was only one person who came forward — Jackson.
Jackson won the seat through acclamation, and was sworn in at a council meeting last month.
This eliminated the need for a byelection, which had been scheduled for Feb. 16.
Jackson said he wasn’t surprised by the lack of interest among his fellow citizens.
Prior to his first meeting with council, Jackson said he was “a little bit nervous” at the beginning and began to settle down.
“It was a good meeting,” he said of his Jan. 30 debut on council.
When asked, Jackson said he did not have any specific goals while on council.
Jackson will serve the remaining year-and-a-half before deciding whether he will run again in the next election.
“I’m going to see how it goes before I make a decision,” he said.
Jackson will be joining a council consisting of Mayor Craig Whalen, Deputy Mayor Lorraine Brown, and councillors Cecil Brown, Raymond Legge, Barb Roberts and Heather Jackson.