Five seeking seat in Carbonear
Byelection scheduled for March 7
Three men and two women are vying for a vacant seat on the Carbonear town council in a byelection set for Wednesday, March 7.
Two of the candidates are back for another stab at municipal politics after unsuccessful bids to win seats in the last municipal general election held Sept. 29, 2009. Debra Bradbury garnered 637 votes, finishing in ninth place during that trip to the polls, while Paul Baldwin finished in 11th spot with 572 votes in a field of 17 candidates running for six council seats.
Carol Reynolds-hogan and Ray Noel are entering their first municipal race, while a fifth candidate, Frank Butt, ran unsuccessfully for council about 20 years ago.
The candidates filed nominations papers on Valentine’s Day, and have 20 days to win the hearts and minds of voters before they enter the polling booth March 7.
The byelection was called to fill a seat left vacant by departing councillor Gladys Mercer, who resigned Jan. 9 after a six- month leave of absence. Mercer and her husband, Graham, have moved to British Columbia.
Town clerk Cathy Somers, who is acting as returning officer for the byelection, and conducted last week’s nomination, told The Compass, Saturday, March 3 has been set as the date for the advance poll to give eligible voters who will not be in town on polling day an opportunity to cast their ballots.
Polling stations will be set up on polling day at the Knights of Columbus, Royal Canadian Legion and Anglican Church Hall.
Somers explained, “Canadian citizens 18 years or older, who have resided in Carbonear for 30 days immediately preceding election day, will be eligible to vote.”
She said Carbonear has some 3,524 eligible voters on its voters’ list. Persons whose names do not appear on the list may also vote on polling day, but they must first meet certain conditions and be sworn in before marking their X , she explained.
First byelection in 29 years
This will be the first byelection held in the town since March 21,1983, when then mayor Milton Peach resigned the mayoralty after being elected MHA for the Carbonear district. Bob Moore a lso resigned at that time, paving the way for two vacant seats on council, which were filled by George Butt and Walter Milley in the byelection that year. They continued to serve out the balance of the term until Nov. 16, 1985.
With 22 years of service, George Butt is the longest serving member of council.
The town had earmarked some $8,000 in its 2012 budget for municipal elections and byelections.
The successful candidate on March 7 will join Mayor Sam Slade, Deputy Mayor Ches Ash, and councillors David Kennedy, George Butt, Betty Forward and Ed Goff to serve out the 20 months remaining in the current mandate leading up to the next municipal general election in September 2013.
Somers expects the new councillor to be sworn in during council’s second meeting in March, scheduled for March 19.
• Age - 57 • Hometown - Miami, Florida; moved to Whitehorse, Yukon and Edmonton at age 9 • Resides - Carbonear since 2009, currently resides Southside Lower Road. • Occupation - retired. Worked in various jobs, including youth councillor, budget manager and truck driver. • Family - married to Walter Bradbury, who has roots in Conception Bay North; two children, Tammy and Leeroy, both residing in Edmonton, Albert. • Education - graduated St. Joseph’s Composite High School, Edmonton. • Political background - made unsuccessful bid for council seat in the September 2009 election. • Community involvement — volunteer with Meals on Wheels. • Quotable - “I have been a resident of Carbonear for three years, and have attended 90 per cent of the council meetings. I would like to see our town grow with new business and citizens. I feel everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. When I become a member of the Carbonear council, I will work hard with the council and mayor for all residents of our town.” • Age - 48 • Hometown - Victoria • Resides - Pondside Road, Carbonear • Occupation - retired military officer with 25 years service with the Royal Canadian Artillery; currently working part-time in the financial industry. • Family - married to the former Christine Butt and they have three children: Jessica, 21, St. John’s; Andrew, 19, Wainwright, Alberta; and David, 18, Halifax. • Education - business management honours diploma, two years university. • Political background - ran unsuccessfully for seat in the September 2009 municipal election; ran unsuccessful as Liberal candidate, Carbonear-harbour Grace district, 2007 provincial. • Community involvement - Sergeant-at-arms, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 23, Carbonear; chairs sponsoring committee, 589 Royal Canadian Air Cadets Carbonear; former member town’s special events committee; member and past Grand Knight, Msgr. Mccarthy Council Knights of Columbus. • Quotable - “(My) pet peeve is cars not stopping at crosswalks, and people not using crosswalks. I served my country for almost 26 years and enjoyed every moment. I am no stranger to service. Now I serve my community and hope that I can serve as your councillor.” • Age - 65 • Hometown - Small Point, Conception Bay • Resides - London Road, Carbonear • Occupation - retired after 22 years as recreational therapist at the Harbour Lodge, followed by 14 years working with special needs students with the York Catholic School Board of Ontario. • Family - husband, George; son, Blair, Calgary, and six grandchildren. • Education - graduated Jackson Walsh High School, Western Bay, 1964; diploma in recreational therapy from University of Michigan; two-week course in parliamentary procedure, University of Ottawa, 1980. • Political background - first time running for municipal office; not affiliated with any political party; served five years as eastern vicepresident, Newfoundland Association of Public Employees (NAPE. • Community involvement - Carbonear Heritage Society; volunteer organist, St. Patrick’s Church choir; volunteer, fun and fitness program at Luxury Estates Retirement Home. • Quotable - “I have no agenda and make no promises; most political promises are never kept. My only promise would be to do my best to represent your concerns when they are brought to my attention and to have a voice for you in the council chambers. My main reason for running in this byelection is I love this little town and feel I can contribute something to make it grow into a place to come and see, especially the rich history we have to offer.” • Age - 52 • Hometown - Carbonear • Resides - Blueberry Crescent, Carbonear • Occupation - senior education officer (instruction and school leadership), Eastern School District, Avalon West region; educator for 32 years, including five-year term as principal of Carbonear Collegiate. • Family - son of Albert and Bessie Noel; married to Kathy Noel (Goff), four adult children: Abby, Robyn, Andrea and Jacob; grandson, Nathan, 3. • Education - graduated St. Francis High School in 1976. B.physed and BE (1980); ME (educational administration) (1988) all from Memorial University. • Political background - served as co- campaign manager (2007) and campaign chair (2011) for Carbonear-harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy. • Community involvement - Carbonear Parks and Recreation Commission over 20 years, including two terms as chairman; coach with CBN Minor Hockey; president Carbonear Men’s Fastpitch Softball League. Quotable - “I am confident I have continually demonstrated commitment and loyalty to the people with whom I have worked and served. I would thoroughly enjoy, and be honoured to be given the opportunity to continue to give back to my hometown. I ask the residents to allow me to share my commitment and skills with Mayor Slade and council in continuing the development of our town in its exciting future.” • Age - 46 • Hometown - Carbonear • Resides - Connolly’s Hill, Carbonear • Occupation - businessman • Family - son of Theresa ( Tessie) and the late James Butt of Carbonear; married to Karen Snow, and they have two children: Dylan, 19, St. John’s and Kristian, 17, Carbonear. • Education – graduated St. Francis High School, Harbour Grace; attended Memorial University (1985); clerk-accounting diploma, Carbonear District Vocational School (1988); journeyman steamfitter/pipefitter; worked at trade in Alberta for 10 years and at home for past three years. • Political background - ran unsuccessfully for council seat in 1985 municipal general election. • Community involvement - joined Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department in 1988, served as active firefighter for 24 years; member Mccarthy Council Knights of Columbus; currently spearheading movement to form organization dedicated to development of Carbonear’s downtown core. • Quotable - “I have offered my name as a candidate for the upcoming byelection because I hear many issues that the average resident of Carbonear has, and I feel I would be able to help with these issues. I do not have any political aspirations beyond municipal politics. I am offering myself solely as a voice for the people of Carbonear and not there to advance myself for provincial or federal gains.
RAYMOND (RAY) NOEL
FRANK AUGUSTINE BUTT