White­way fills coun­cil po­si­tion through ac­cla­ma­tion

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

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.

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